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Posted:  Saturday 30 June 2018

South East Associates
Abbey House Gardens & Lacock Abbey
Spring Break

- Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th April -

Our 2108 spring break combined a visit to Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury with Lacock Abbey and Village on the following day.

Abbey House Gardens
are located on the banks
of the River Avon
beside the
12th century
Malmesbury Abbey


The spectacular gardens
have received praise
from around the world
and have featured
in many TV programmes,
not least as the home of
'The ‘Naked Gardeners’

The Abbey House is also of interest having once been part of the Abbey and our visit combined a tour of both house and gardens.

Lacock Abbey is a country house with monastic roots and was previously owned by W H Fox Talbot, one of the inventors of photography.

Abbey Cloisters
have been
much used
for filming
- including
Harry Potter
- while Lacock
remains a
English village.

The Fox Talbot photographic museum, located in the abbey grounds, houses the world’s earliest photographic negative along with the internationally important Fenton photographic collection.

Sixteen attendees booked on the spring break.  The weather was about what may be expected for late April, some light rain while visiting Abbey House on Tuesday, a mix of sun and cloud on Wednesday though thankfully dry.

Our tour guide for Abbey House and the gardens was the American wife of the owner - recently married and brimming over with American enthusiasm for the house and its history - we had a great tour, the gardens in particular being very impressive.

Our overnight hotel was the Castle Inn in Castle Combe - probably most people's idea of what a Cotswold village should look like, it’s a charming location and our short stay was very enjoyable.

Next day it was off to Lacock, firstly to explore the cloisters followed by a tour of the house as soon as it opened.  From there on everyone was free to explore the grounds and the village of Lacock at their own leisure.

Chris White

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