Lacock Abbey Village and Fox Talbot Museum

In its 800 years of history, Lacock Abbey has been many things. It started as a nunnery in the 1200s before becoming a Tudor family home. Since then it has evolved with every owner and in 1835, the first photographic negative was captured in the Abbey. Today Lacock is a well-known location for a host of film and TV productions including Harry Potter and Downton Abbey.

1200s: Lacock Abbey was founded

One of the most powerful Middle Ages women, Ela, Countess of Salisbury, founded Lacock Abbey on the morning of 16 April 1232.

The cloister and rooms are a rare example of medieval monastic architecture. Ela’s original cloister was demolished in the 1400s and replaced with what you see today.



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