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Glastonbury Tor – Somerset, England

Glastonbury-003path to the Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor

Somerset, England

 

Just hearing the name- Glastonbury- brings images to mind: Arthurian England and Avalon, magical druids, hordes of young people covered in mud listening to music.  In life, Glastonbury Tor truly is a magical place.  There is a reason that all these iconographic legends are attached to it.  When we caught our first glimpse of the Tor; we were struck by its perfection.  It appears as a hallucination, something too wonderfully perfect to be real.

As we climbed toward the tower on top of Holly Hill,  I couldn’t help but think of the hundreds of thousands of feet that have trod the same path over thousands of years.  Arthur trod here; for as long as man has been in England, he has walked these paths.  Saxon kings, Roman centurions, me.

The famous little town (10,,000 people) of Glastonbury is a bit hippie touristic these days.  What we did, and highly recommend, is to stop in and grab a picnic from the many organic food vendors who line the streets.  Definitely walk! Walk to the top of the High Street, make a right behind the abbey (duck in the back gate for a cute little garden and follow the signs up the back path towards the Tor.

We went totally hippie and brought divining rods (thanks Zoe!)- and I tell you they work!  It was amazing to watch them cross as we transgressed the ley lines and power spots.  One thing I found quite interesting, though in retrospect quite obvious, is that wherever I found a trampled oval from a resting sheep- I would invariably find a power spot where my rods would cross as fast as if someone grabbed them while in my hands!  If you didn’t bring a pair, grab one in any of the shops and head out to do some magic yourself – your in Avalon!

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Lacock Village - Wiltshire

Lacock Village – Wiltshire, England

Lacock

Lacock

Wiltshire  England

About two hours from London by car (the nearest railway station is at Chippenham 5k away) you find the most picturesque village i

n the West Country.  The village dates back to the 13th century, although the stone cottages where built in 18th century, and it looks like it!

During the Middle Ages Lacock became a centre of  wool trade and is now almost entirely owned by the National Trust. Wandering around Lacock gives a wonderful idea of what mid-millennial life looked like.  A small town surrounded by farms, fields & abbey.  Well worth the trip, there are wonderful little shops and eateries.  It is quite nice that while they cater to the tourist, they do not capitulate; staying true to their historic roots and ideals.  This is a functioning town that has life outside of your visit- and that makes it all the more special.

Lacock was also home to William Henry Fox Talbot- the father of modern photography- who invented the positive-negative film process.  He was also one of the last owners of the lovely Lacock Abbey, and it was his granddaughter Matilda Talbot, who presented the Abbey and village to the National Trust in 1944

The town itself is favorite as a location for period films including Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince, Pride and Prejudice, Cranford, The Other Boleyn Girl, Emma… for a complete list of films check the wiki.

So while wandering around the West Country, put Lacock on the short list of places to visit.
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Lacock Village - Wiltshire

Lacock Village - Wiltshire
Lacock Village - Wiltshire

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

OPEN HOURS:
Email or call  for information

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