Fox Talbot Museum - The Abbey is also home to the Fox Talbot Museum dedicated to William Henry Fox Talbot, credited as the pioneer of photography. If photography is your passion, step into the exhibit area that details the life of Talbot alongside some artefacts, including a 'mousetrap camera'.
St Cyriac's Church - Step out of the Abbey and start your walk towards Church Street where... (read more about Lacock village in 'Lacock: Of Pride and Pottermania' on 'From The Corner Table')
, as you poke your head into small stores and admire the window decorations along the way, the steeple of St Cyriac's Church will make an appearance.
The 14th century church continues to be a place of worship and has seen several renovations over the years. The sanctity of the atmosphere has remained intact and one can't help but marvel at the peace within. Take a minute to sit down and admire the interiors that are unlike the grandiose one is used to seeing. Light a candle.
And when you've stepped out of the church gates, turn right. You'll spy a small gate with a board declaring 'PRIVATE'. Walk towards it and if you are lucky - like I was the first time and not this time - the hedge would have been trimmed and the stone house will come into view. This house was used as the exterior for James & Lily Potter's home in the Harry Potter movies.
Tithe Barn The final destination of your stroll through Lacock village must be the Tithe Barn. Likely a part of the Abbey when it was first built, the barn was a storage place for tithe (one tenth of annual produce or earnings, formerly taken as a tax for the support of the Church and clergy). Minor alterations have been done to the structure over the years but the dark room with the high wooden ceilings has been, over the years, used to store machinery, grain, or host coronation teas and craft markets.