History

Lacock is situated in the county of Wiltshire in an area of outstanding natural beauty with a rich tradition and heritage. The National Trust is primarily responsible for the vast majority of the houses located within but it’s the rich diverseness of the village and surrounding community that makes Lacock so special.

The focal point of the village is the renowned Lacock Abbey, founded 900 years ago by Ela, Countess of Salisbury, the Abbey buildings underwent continual renovations and alterations until William Sharrington purchased the Abbey from the Crown following the dissolution of the monasteries. A powerful and influential man, he set about converting the Abbey into his home from around 1540, adding to it some of the finest Renaissance-inspired architecture in Britain.

The Abbey has a rich history and has survived the passage of time and its machinations. For the past 300 years it was owned by the Talbot family and remained with them until Matilda Talbot bequeathed the Lacock Estate of the Abbey and the vast majority of the houses to the National Trust in 1944.

 

This site is intended to show why this village is so special, charming and enchanting. It is designed to provide you with Lacock visitor information whether you are a tourist, casual visitor or even daresay it local to Lacock and can help make your visit a memorable and unique experience.

Don’t forget to check the events calendar telling you what’s on in Lacock in 2017.