Thursday, 1 December 2016

Laycock - Wiltshire

My first visit to Laycock was in 2009. I knew the place as soon as we walked into the main street. I had seen it in so many TV films. So will you if you have ever watched Downton Abbey, Harry Potter or Cranford.

Laycock is owned and run by the National Trust. Its origins are unknown but it is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1088 as having two mills and a vineyard. By the Middle Ages the emphasis had turned to the woollen industry. Now it is famous for being famous.

Laycock is a step back in time, much like the town of my youth with its old fashioned shop windows. The Abbey dates back to 1232. There is a 14th century tithe barn and most of the houses are 18th century.

The abbey was just that when first established but eventually became home to nuns. Later it passed into the hands of the Talbot family. One of their claims to fame is that the first photographic negative was produced by the Talbots in the abbey, and so it is claimed to be the birthplace of photography.

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