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Just before Paul had to return to Italy we had great pleasure in meeting up for a meal with some of our Italian cousins, who live in the UK, Tony and Margaret, Mark and Jane. We invited Kay along too.
In April I was delighted to spend a few day with cousins Tony and Margaret at their home in Swindon. They kindly introduced me to many of their friends, wined and dined me, and all in all spoiled me rotten !!!
One day they organised a visit to Lacock Village near Chippenham in Wiltshire.
Lacock is a quintessentially British village. It is managed by the National Trust who own approximately 90 of its buildings, and ensure that the village retains its upspoiled authentic appearance. It is like stepping back in time, some of the dwellings are medieval and half timbered, others are constructed of typical honey coloured Cotswold stone.
Due to its picturesque cobbled streets, Lacock has been used as the film location for scenes of many award winning BBC costume dramas, such as “Pride and Prejudice”, “Emma” and “The Cranford Chronicles“, and also for certain scenes in the Harry Potter Movies and other films.
Yet the village is not a “museum piece”, indeed – far from it. The National Trust rent out many of the dwellings to tenants. The village has a thriving school, local stores, several traditional pubs and hostelries, tea rooms, craft and antique shops, and even a jewellers.
The Inn by the name of “The Sign of the Angel” was once a wool merchant’s house, and dates back to the 15th century.
Having taken a leisurely stroll around the village, we stopped to enjoy a splendid Pub lunch in the “Carpenters Arms”.
Feeling suitably replenished we continued our meanderings through Lacock.
The Saxon church of St Cyriac …..
The Pottery, once the old Workhouse ……
Lacock Ford ……
The 15th century Tithe barn …..
Next we explored the Fox Talbot Museum, which is dedicated to a former inhabitant of Lacock Abbey, Charles Henry Fox Talbot, who was an early pioneer of photography.
We then entered the gates of Lacock Abbey which was founded in the early 13th century. In the 16th century the abbey was converted into a country house and an octagonal tower was added. The house eventually passed into the hands of the Talbot family.
We greatly enjoyed the tour of the stately house.
Next we explored the Abbey’s peaceful Cloisters.
The Caldron in the Warming Room.
The location of Lacock Abbey was chosen to shoot certain scenes from the series of Harry Potter Films.
Our visit to Lacock was rounded off by returning to the Tea Room in the old stables for a scrummy English cream tea.
A perfect day out – I would highly recommend a visit.