After visiting the village of Lacock, we headed over to Lacock Abbey to see what remained from the 13th century.
Even though the temperatures were hovering at the freezing mark that sunny day, the snowdrop flowers were framing the abbey gardens.
Come in and take a further look.
Founded in 1232, the abbey prospered until the dissolution of the abbeys by Henry VIII. Some 832 religious communities were disbanded between 1536-41. It is still possible today, however, to see the cloisters, the chapter house, and the sacristy, along with several monastic rooms.
After 1539, it became a country home until 1944 when it was turned over to the National Trust. Pretty special house, I'd say!
Fast forward to the 21st century, and Lacock's claim to fame is as a setting for two of the Harry Potter films--Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (known in the States as the Sorceror's Stone) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. You might remember in one scene that the gardens of the cloisters were covered with snow and held a fountain.
The cloisters and the side rooms were transformed into classrooms at the Hogwarts School.
Harry, Ron and Hermione left their footsteps here in the hallways.
And in the middle of the Warming room stands the cauldron featured in the movie.
Now for confession time: I've never read a Harry Potter book. I've never watched a Harry Potter movie, but the odd thing is that Saturday night, I was flipping channels and what came up on the screen but Harry and his classmates in this very room in front of the boiling cauldron. And I have to tell you, I was intrigued. So..., if I was to take a first dip into the Harry Potter experience (just considering it, mind you) would you recommend reading the books or diving into the movies head-first?
And a giant Thank You to sweet Jenny at Pleasant Places for her kind words and for her gift of this award. You'll be treating yourself if you check out her blog too.