History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
You can walk the (rather chilly) cloister surrounding a green square, and delve into the old chapter house and warming room. This part of the house tour is bleak, if interesting for the glimpse it provides into the lives of the nuns who made Lacock their home for three centuries.
The most remarkable of the interior furnishings is a massive stone table in the tower strong room. The table is supported by leering satyrs while the Sherington scorpions gambol about the base.
The hall is notable for the whimsical terracotta statues decorating niches around its perimeter. These were commissioned by John Ivory Talbot in 1754 as part of his attempt to transform the hall into a mock-Gothic fantasy. Judge for yourself the aesthetic success of his efforts.
It is easy to imagine yourself transported back several centuries in time as you walk through this relaxed village. The cottages are built of wonderful honey-toned Cotswold stone, and the whole village exudes an aura of charm and relaxed timelessness. Movie-makers have recognized its charms, and Lacock was featured in the recent film adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
About Lacock Abbey
Address: Lacock, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, SN15 2LG
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: off A350
Website: Lacock Abbey
Phone: 01249 730 459
Fax: 01249 730 501
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: ST919 684
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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