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Posted on September 12, 2017 by Sioux under General
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I was given the car and an afternoon off, to explore the area. Stopping first at The Lacock Rectory which was built in 1866. There was no one around so I only got photos of the outside. The original floor tiles, stained glass windows and an ecclesiastical bell have all been well maintained and the building is now a quaint B&B.

From there I went off in search of the local historical village and abbey,

Lacock, which has been owned almost entirely by the National Trust since

1944. Attracting many visitors because of its unspoiled appearance, Lacock

is mentioned in the Domesday Book, with a population of 160–190; two mills

and a vineyard, and, until the 18th century was the only crossing point of the

River Avon in the area.

 

Most of the surviving houses are of 18th century construction. There is also a 14th-century tithe barn, the medieval St Cyriac’s Church, an inn dating from the 15th century and an 18th-century lock-up. Lacock has been used as the setting for film and television on a number of occasions, including the 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice; and also briefly in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Most recently it was used for a series of Downton Abbey.    

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                                         St Cyriac’s Church, dedicated to a Norman saint, St.                                                Cyriac, is a 14th-century Church of England church                                                  situated within the Lacock village. Extensive 15th-century additions created the perpendicular church on a traditional cruciform plan that exists today. In 1604 the recessed octagonal tower was rebuilt, followed later by the “cottage” or south annex, comprising two storeys. An attic was built in 1619, in a rusticated style, described then as the “new Yle”. In the late 1800’s, the new owners of Lackham House had the then named Lackham chapel, now the Lackham or Baynard, chapel completely rebuilt. In recent years the church has been subject to a series of improvement programmes, enabled by public donation, private subscription and funding from national bodies, and included the re-roofing of the nave and south transept in 2006. 

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Founded and established in 1232 by the then Countess of Salisbury as a nunnery of the Augustinian order, Lacock Abbey remained a nunnery until the suppression of Catholic institutions in England in the 16th century. A house was built over the old cloisters

with its main rooms on the first

floor. A stone house with stone

slated roofs, twisted chimney

stacks and mullioned windows.

Over the years the many

architectural alterations,

additions, and renovations have

resulted in a mish-mash of

different periods and styles.

Lacock Abbey is also known as the ‘home of the birth of photography’ due to Henry Fox Talbot, known as the pioneer of photography, developing the three primary elements of photography (developing, fixing, and printing) while he was living there. In 1835 he made what may be the earliest surviving photographic camera negative, an image of one of the bay windows below. 

I had a fabulous afternoon exploring, but didn’t get to see half of what there is to see, so I guess I’ll just have to go back! 

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The massive cauldron in the ‘warming house’ near the kitchens of Lacock Abbey, was made in Antwerp in the 1500’s. No one knows why or how it came to be at Lacock. Legend has it that the cauldron was used during a visit of Queen Anne to Lacock in the early 1700’s. A sack full of peas and a full side of pork were cooked in the pot, for her meal.

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3 responses to “New faces, new places part 3 – going back in time!”

  1. Cheryl Wilkinson says:

    How amazing is all this info you have acquired in such a short time. I admire you! Thank you for sharing this with us!

  2. Lauren says:

    Fun fact, this is also the castle which was used in some of the filming of all 8 Harry Potter films, it was used for the potions classroom and the corridors of Hogwarts.

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