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Watlings is very fortunate to be situated in the idyllic village & civil parish of Lacock.
This largely unspoiled window into 15th century Britain continuously attracts a great number of movie directors, visitors & residents alike. Graham Watling, already a trained silversmith, fell in love with the village from the point he first laid his eyes on it, after moving into the area. Graham later founded Watlings of Lacock in 1972. Now, his daughter, Jane Watling manages the shop & on-site workshop where she expertly creates unique artistic handmade jewellery.
Any visit to Lacock would be incomplete without checking out the stunning early 13th century Abbey. Originally an Augustinian nunnery, the property & its grounds were sold to a nobleman during the 16th century dissolution of Catholic monasteries by King Henry VIII where the Abbey was converted into a residence. The Abbey Church was dismantled & its stone reused to extend the house. However, many of the medieval features of the Abbey were left intact: This includes its famous cloisters, chapter house & basement. A later resident/inheritor of the Abbey was the pioneering photographer William Henry Fox Talbot. Fox Talbot is accredited for inventing a process that created rapid & permanent photographs. An image of his of a latticed window in Lacock Abbey from 1835 is actually the oldest known surviving photographic negative.
Lacock has been host to a great many film sets over the last few decades. Most notably the village has been a frequent site for the Harry Potter & Fantastic Beast film adaptions where the Abbey’s 16th century cloisters made up parts of Hogwarts & a gorgeous Lacock cottage became the location where professor Slughorn was hiding as a transfigured chair in ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.’ The village has also been notably used in the production of: Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast, Downton Abbey, The Hollow Crown, Wolf Hall, His Dark Materials & Doctor Thorne.
There are plenty of things to do when taking a day trip to the village. The area is always popular with dog walkers as Lacock & the Abbey are surrounded by stunning fields & rivers. Additionally, the picturesque & well preserved streets of the village are a magnificent sight to see. Many of the old properties having historical significance within past communities including an intact tithe barn. Our building alone has existed as a butchers & a coopers in past centuries. The village holds a great number of popular one-off shops & frequented pubs & restaurants. These range from the boutique chocolate shop Coco Chemistry, to the Sign of the Angel - a long-standing restaurant & coaching inn, to the tea rooms at the reportedly historic King John’s Hunting Lodge.