Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Sunday Mystery Outing

OK - England won! But it was still torture! We have to go through it all again next Saturday now. Hopes high, hearts pounding and nerves jangling. Oh joy!

Sunday is a day of rest. Long lie in, breakfast in bed, light lunch and then what? Today it was a mystery outing - mystery that is to me! John drove into and through Devizes. No stops in Sells Green or turn off to Seend, so not the canal then. We were then following the road to Melksham, no turn off to Bradford on Avon, onwards past Melksham. Were we going for a tour on the M4? Ah now I guessed - possibly Lacock. Yes, a right turn signposted Lacock and Lacock Abbey. I was right again!

I have wanted to visit this historic village since we began to come to the Devizes area last year. They do a lot of filming here and one can understand why. Jane Austin's village of Meryton in Pride and Prejudice was Lacock Village.
The village of Highbury in Emma was also filmed in Lacock, as was some scenes from Moll Flanders. Harry Potter borrowed the Abbey for The Philosophers Stone. The latest film to use Lacock was The Cranford Chronicles.

The most famous and most photographed building is apparently this one.
The board in the entrance makes the curious enter!
It was built in the 15th Century and named after a gold coin called The Angel.

There are no TV aerials, overhead cables or yellow lines. There are half timbered houses, a Tithe barn and an 18th century packhorse bridge. Lacock was once the centre of the Medieval wool trade.

The church is dedicated to St Cyriac a Norman saint.
It was extensively "remodelled" in the 15th Century. It may have been a Saxon site but it was definitely "pinched" by the Normans!

Well back to my original subject - we face South Africa next week, no surprise there really!

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