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Lacock Abbey and Village, England

14 May 2011

Today is THE day. Today we are visiting Lacock Abbey and village. Now Lacock Abbey is not just an manor house. It is the birthplace of modern photography. And Lacock village is almost entirely owned by the National Trust. It is a popular site for period dramas. Recently Lacock village has been used as a location in Downton Abbey.

Lacock was first mentioned in the Domesday Book. Back then the village had a population of 160 - 190.

Lacock Abbey was founded on the manorial lands by Ela, Countess of Salisbury, and was established in 1232. Lacock was granted a market and during the Middle Ages thrived thanks to the wool industry.

The Abbey and estate, including the village, were sold to William Sharington when King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries. It later passed into the Talbot family through marriage. Charles Henry Fox Talbot bequeathed the Lacock estate to his niece in 19916. Matilda Talbot gave the entire estate, including the Abbey and village, to the National Trust in 1944.

A common sight in the English countryside is children having riding lessons.

When Lacock village is used in period pieces the modern streets are covered in gravel.

There is a museum dedicated to William Henry Fox Talbot and modern photography.

The cloisters at Lacock were used in the Harry Potter films.

This unique and secure room was where the rents were collected.

The famous window. The first photographic negative was created at Lacock and it showed this window.

There are traditional statutes in the Great Hall and some not so traditional ones. I like to think that they pay homage to Harry Potter.

Manor houses all made their own beer and cider in their beer cellars and Lacock Abbey was no exception.

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