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Brief description of site

Lacock Abbey has 18th-century parkland, with the addition of 19th-century trees. There is a Victorian rose garden, woodland garden and a recently-developed botanic garden.

Brief history of site

Lacock Abbey was founded in 1232 as a nunnery for Augustinian canonesses. After the dissolution, it was converted to a country house. In the early 18th century, under the ownership of John Talbot, Lacock Abbey had a series of enclosed gardens to the south, east, and west of the Abbey. In 1753 John Ivory Talbot commissioned Sanderson Miller to alter the south front. In 1755-6, a bill of £250 was paid to Lancelot Brown, which suggests the latter's involvement with alterations to the grounds. In the early 19th century, the Abbey's grounds were altered and replanted under the ownership of the pioneer photographer, William Henry Fox Talbot.

Location information:

Address: Lacock, SN15 2LG

Locality: Chippenham

Local Authorities:

Wiltshire; Lacock

Historical County: Wiltshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 173 Grid Ref: ST919684
Latitude: 51.4146 Longitude: -2.11786


The site is off the A350, 3 miles south of Chippenham.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open daily between February and October from 11 am. Please see:

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: After 1232

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 15

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