ST9168 : Wreathed pillar, Chapter House, Lacock Abbey

taken 6 years ago, near to Lacock, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Wreathed pillar, Chapter House, Lacock Abbey
Wreathed pillar, Chapter House, Lacock Abbey
One of the two central supporting pillars of the former Chapter House of Lacock Abbey, both of which had been decorated with a spiral of holly and ivy for Christmas.
Lacock Abbey
Lacock Abbey has had several lives. It was first founded as a nunnery for Augustinian canonesses by Lady Ela, Countess of Shrewsbury, with construction commencing in 1232. During the Reformation the abbey was dissolved (1539) and after conversion in a country house became the home of William Sharington. He was succeeded by his brother Henry in 1553, and Henry's daughter married John Talbot of Salwarp, Worcestershire.
Lacock Abbey remained in the ownership of the Talbot family until WWII. The house and abbey is now in the care of the National Trust as is the village of Lacock.
The most famous scion of the Talbot family was the photographic pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), who lived here and took many of the earliest photographs ever created here at the abbey. A photograph of a casement window in the southern gallery is considered the most important historical artefact in the history of photography, being the first ever successful "negative". The "calotype" process developed by Fox Talbot went on to be the basis of everyday photography until the digital age, and he is rightly considered the "Father of Photography"
Links:
EH Grade II listing for Lacock Abbey LinkExternal link
National Trust (Lacock village & Abbey) LinkExternal link
Wikipedia - Fox Talbot LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 22 December, 2013   (more nearby)
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Monday, 23 December, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Former (from Tags)
Abbey 
Place (from Tags)
Lacock 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 9196 6839 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:24.8682N 2:7.0199W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 9196 6840
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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