The lovely village of Lacock is timeless, it looks like it has just stepped out of a medieval play. This National Trust village is perfectly preserved, so no wonder, then, that it's the star of many movies and period dramas, including Cranford and the adventures of a certain wizard from Hogwarts School.
The picturesque village, with its lime-washed, half-timbered stone houses, dates from the 13th century. At the heart of the village is the Abbey which was founded in 1232. The Abbey was founded by Ela, Countess of Salisbury who was married to William Longespee. Through the middle ages it benefited from the lucrative woollen trade because of the farmland that surrounded it. There was a community of nuns living in the Abbey at this time.
Eventually the Abbey was converted into a fine country house and began to resemble the many rooms as we know them today. The atmospheric monastic rooms include medieval cloisters, (image above) a sacristy and chapter house and have survived largely intact. The wonderful 16th-century stable courtyard has a clockhouse, brewery and bakehouse.
Lacock has several unique architectural styles covering its 750 years. Early plans of the exterior show an 18th century water garden hiddem underground.
Willian Henry Fox Talbot invented the negative positive process. An excellent museum of his work exists alongside the Abbey showing many of his experiments.
FILMS MADE IN LACOCK
If you are visiting you may be lucky enough to spot a star as we are averaging a film a year at present! Stars spotted - Judy Dench, Philip Glenister, Greg Wise, Daniel Radcliffe, Johnny Depp, Anthony Hopkins!
Films created in Lacock:
Lacock is a charming, well preserved village and is visited by people from all over the world giving it quite a cosmopolitan feel with the quirkiness of a time gone by! It has many interesting cottages and fine houses. Lacock is also a good location for visiting Bath and several other villages such as Castle Combe and Bradford on Avon.