Lacock village

Lacock village, backdrop to many Harry Potter scenes

Lacock village
Arriving at Lacock village
Lacock village
Lacock village

As we walked through the cobbled streets of Lacock I had to rub my eyes and ask ‘Am I still in the 21st century?’ Lacock is a timeless, traditional English village that looks like it has just stepped out of medieval times. Or the pages of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice or JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. This National Trust village is – as you would expect – perfectly preserved, with a wealth of centuries-old buildings and period features.

Lacock village
The people of Lacock village must be quite short!!

Set in rural Wiltshire, Lacock village is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and for its use in the Harry Potter films.

Lacock village
Lacock village

Lacock village
Lacock village

Nothing is allowed to interfere with its looks, not even TV aerials or overhead cables. No wonder, then, that it’s the star of many movies and period dramas, including the adventures of a certain wizard from Hogwarts School.

Lacock doesn’t need to dress up for the occasion. All it has to do is be itself. And in doing so it extends a unique welcome as one of the most picturesque villages on the planet. The village is home to beautiful Lacock Abbey and the famous Fox Talbot photography museum.

Lacock village
Lacock village

Lacock village
Lacock village church

We wandered through the historic village filled with many great shops and places to have a relaxing meal. As we wandered around those ancient streets we discovered a mixture of period buildings ranging from black-and-white half-timbered to Georgian brick and honey-coloured Cotswold stone, 15th-century inns, and an ancient church.

Our first official stop was at the FoxTalbotMuseum.

The museum celebrates the achievements of former Lacock resident, William Henry Fox Talbot, famous for his contributions to the invention of photography.

 Lacock Abbey
Entering Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey, supplied many of Hogwarts’ classrooms.
Lacock Abbey, supplied many of Hogwarts’ classrooms.
Lacock village
Lacock Abbey courtyard

 Lacock Abbey
Lacock Abbey

The Abbey, located at the heart of the village within its own woodland grounds was founded in the 13th century and dissolved in 1539. The house eventually passed to the Talbot family. It is most often associated with William Henry Fox Talbot. In 1835 Talbot made the earliest known surviving example of a photographic negative, a photogenic print of the oriel window in the south gallery of the Abbey. Talbot continued with his experiments at the Abbey and by 1840 had discovered the negative/positive process to record photographic images by chemical means.

The cloisters of Lacock Abbey
The cloisters of Lacock Abbey

It is a quirky country house of various architectural styles. The Abbey is actually built upon the foundations of a former nunnery. Walking through the medieval rooms and cloister court, gave me a small taste of the Abbey’s monastic past.

Harry Potter location: Professor Quirrell’s Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom: Warming Room, Lacock Abbey, Lacock, Wiltshire
Harry Potter location: Professor Quirrell’s Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom: Warming Room, Lacock Abbey, Lacock, Wiltshire

 Lacock Abbey
Lacock Abbey

Some interior sequences in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were filmed at Lacock, including the cloister walk where Harry comes out from Professor Lockhart’s room after serving detention and hears the basilisk. During four days in October 2007 Lacock was also used to film some scenes for the sixth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Warner Bros. announced that the spooky nights of Hogwarts were also filmed here with most of the main characters including Daniel Radcliffe.

Harry Potter location: Professor Snape’s Potions Class: Sacristy, Lacock Abbey, Lacock, Wiltshire
Harry Potter location: Professor Snape’s Potions Class: Sacristy, Lacock Abbey, Lacock, Wiltshire
Lacock village
Lacock village

 

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43 comments

  1. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Lacock, it is a lovely little village, although as a ‘local’ I don’t get there as often as I should!

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  2. You’re photos are GLORIOUS! When I was in England I went on a bus tour. One of our ‘lunch stops’ was Lacock. Unfortunately, we had such a short time there, I barely had a moment to take it all in or see much of anything. I feel like reading your post just allowed me that “Lacock Experience” that I was missing. Thanks for that!

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  3. I am going to have to find out where this place is, it looks lovely and the sort of place I love to explore. Great photos, especially the little details such as the gargoyles and the windows 🙂 Now, where’s my road map…

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