It is always a favourite of Madmax Tours to travel to the beautiful village of Lacock which has a history that goes back before the Domesday Book.
It existed over 1000 years ago a small settlement of under 200 people with a couple of mills and a vineyard. Its wealth and prosperity are based on the success of the woollen industry and the establishment of the Abbey here in the 13th century. It was granted a charter for a market and its position near a main trade route between the cities of Bristol and London saw it thrive. With the demise of wool production, industrialisation and cotton imports, Lacock was left behind. It went from a large and thriving market town to a desolate place with 3 poor houses and many of the population left to find work on the larger towns. This terrible turn of events meant that Lacock remained unchanged with very little new building. Hence it allows us to explore a village where properties mainly date between the 15th and 18th centuries.
Today most of the village is owned by the National Trust. This doesn’t make it a museum though, it’s a thriving community once again. The houses are occupied by families many of whom can trace their ancestry back in this community for many years. The stunning and varied architecture, its broad high street and glorious Abbey have made it an attractive location for many films. In 2005 the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice was filmed here and in 2007 the historical drama of “Cranford”. The village and abbey also made an appearance in two of the Harry Potter movies. The pioneer of photography, Fox Talbot was one of the famous Talbot family who lived in Lacock abbey and the very first photographic negative can be seen at the Fox Talbot museum located in the village. With its medieval church and tithe barn, the blind house and many historical pubs and tea rooms it is a wonderful place to explore.