Lacock, the Abbey, the white horse and West Overton

 

Setting out for Lacock, 30 miles away.  Notice the eccentric French car in front.

 

The village of Lacock in Wiltshire.  Probably one of most natural and beautiful villages in England.  There are no overhead wires, no television aerials and no lines painted on the roadside

The famous Red Lion pub

 

 

 

 

 

A bee feeding on a Cosmos flower

 

 

 

A pair of Tuscan columns topped by a sphinx in the Abbey grounds.  The Abbey was founded in 1232 and was converted into a country house in 1540.  The lady who took this picture was from California!

 

View of the Elizabethan clock tower in the stable court framed by the Gothick arch

 

 

Steps leading to the country house that was the abbey.

 

 

 

This window was the subject of the first photograph ever taken. It was by William fox-Talbot in the 1830's who pioneered photography.  Sadly he was too busy to present his work to the Royal society and the Frenchman Daguerre is generally recognised as the inventor of photography. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Elizabethan chimneys

 

 

And in to the cloisters where Harry Potter films were made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 700 year old stone coffin.  Notice the space for the head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then back out to enjoy the beauty of the village.

 

 

 

And the church of St Cyriac.  Although there was a church here in 871, this was rebuilt in 1450. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tythe barn in the village with the prison cell closest to us.

 

 

Classic Elizabethan architecture.  The projection was necessary as it provided passers by with protection when dirty water and other unmentionables were thrown from the upper windows! 

 

Bowood Manor, the subject of a future adventure! 

A Victorian church on the way to Calne.

 

 

 

 

 

Great pub on the way to Calne.

 

 

 

Shots of Calne town centre. 

 

 

 

 

The white horse on the way out of Calne.  One of many carved in the English chalk hills, this one is a modern version only around 300 years old. 

 

 

And a memorial close by.

 

 

 

Silbury hill near Avebury, the largest man made hill in Europe.  Built for religious ceremonies around 4000 years ago.

 

 

Workings of a now unused clock

 

 

 

Evening falls as I pass through Marlborough on the way home.  Marlborough has the widest high street in England.

 

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