Lacock Abbey – Lacock Wiltshire, England

Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey  & The Fox Talbot Museum

(44) (0) 124 973 0227
(44) (0) 124 9
73 0459
High St, Lacock, Chippenham, SN15
2LG
Wiltshire,England

Lacockabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk

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In 1232 Ela the Countess of Salisbury built the Abbey at Lacock as a tribute to her husband William Longspee- an illegitimate son of Henry II. Thus becoming its first Abbess, as well as the first female sheriff of Wiltshire!

In 1540 when Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the monasteries, Lacock Abbey was sold to William Sharington and he subsequently turned it into a country house, its church destroyed and some of the stone sold as building material.

Sir Henry Sharington inherited the Abbey. In the 1750s his youngest daughter married Sir John Talbot of Worcestershire, linking the Talbot family the building

Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey is a wonderfully building to wander through.  Simple and managable in size, one can really get the feel of life here throughout all it’s different incarnations; from nunnery to WWII garrison.  The grounds offer unspoiled views and images of English countryside that resound in the mind.

At the Abbey’s entry you find the Fox Talbot Museum, dedicated to William Henry Fox Talbotthe father of modern photography, who invented the positive-negative film process and one of the last owners of the Abbey.  His granddaughter Matilda Talbot presented the Abbey and Lacock village to the National Trust in 1944 during WWII when it served as a home for refuges.

Lacock Abbey

Pass through the Gothic archway into the Victorian woodland garden with its lovley spring flowers, regional trees and lots of wild garlic!

Tip: If you plan on visiting 3 or more monuments, historic houses, gardens and National Parks in England consider becoming a member of the National Trust. The cost is about the same as three admissions and you become a member of a wonderful organization!

On a fun note, Lacock Abbey was used as a set for the Harry Pottter movies, as well as  The Other Boleyn Girl.


Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey


Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey


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