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Laycock Abbey & Village 7th May 2016 & a Six mile walk

With great weather we decided to venture into Wiltshire and a visit to the old village of Laycock. Inside the village you will find the old Abbey that was turned into a family home, also the Fox Talbot museum. Lacock Abbey was founded in the early 13th century by Ela, Countess of Salisbury, as a nunnery of the Augustinian order. The Abbey remained a nunnery until the suppression of Catholic institutions in England in the 16th century. It then served as a residence for the nobility, and was fortified and occupied by the Royalists during the English Civil War. The inside of the Abbey and the surrounding cloisters have been used in film and some of the Harry Potter scenes were done here. Later in the 19th century Henry fox Talbot acquired the abbey through family ties and it was here that he made history by inventing the first photograph negative, the picture of the lattice window was developed in 1835.
Outside of the abbey you will find the surrounding village and it is like going back in time with timber beamed houses nice pubs and some old fashioned shops , the whole village is owned by the national trust. We decided to walk around the village and up into the hills to get a feel of the area and ended up doing six miles, the paths were good and thankfully no mud about. We can't recommend this little village enough it's well worth a day out and if you are a member you can get in free, take some money for a nice pint in the old Rose and Crown inn.

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