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May 19, 2018 — Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding day

No, we weren't invited to the wedding and studiously avoided the entire area. We did have a lovely drive to the Cotswolds that day. We even had time for a brief visit to Lacock.


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Driving to Lacock on Prince Harry's Wedding Day

Driving to Lacock on Prince Harry's Wedding Day


Ah, the day of the Royal Wedding has arrived and that is the only thing on tv right now. The sun is shining so we’ll assume good weather and pack our raincoats in the trunk. We cleaned the house, packed up and loaded the car and called our landlady for checkout. She was there before I figured out how to hang up the phone.

Side of the Red Lion Inn

Side of the Red Lion Inn


We set off on our next adventure hoping all England would be at Meghan and Harry’s wedding but no such luck. We had traffic. We got to Lacock in jig time so parked for free at the National Trust parking lot and walked through the very pretty town. While walking, we checked menus and decided on The George Inn when the time arrived. There was a local art exhibit going on so we went in and discovered the Sacramento Fine Arts Center (SFAC) has better exhibits, but there were a couple nice pieces and it is always fun to see new art.

Corner of High and East Streets - Tithe Barn on Right

Corner of High and East Streets - Tithe Barn on Right

Corner of West and High Streets

Corner of West and High Streets

West Street Beside the WWI Memorial

West Street Beside the WWI Memorial

At the Sign of the Angel Restaurant and Rooms

At the Sign of the Angel Restaurant and Rooms

The Carpenters Arms

The Carpenters Arms

Local Art Exhibit

Local Art Exhibit

The George Inn

The George Inn


Noon arrived so we walked back to The George Inn and opened the restaurant. Ed got sea bass and I got duck confit. Both were incredibly good but came with different sides than were listed on the menu . . . strange. Ed got the Eton Mess for dessert and I got a chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and chocolate ice cream. You can’t ruin a dessert like that. It was a good lunch in a beautiful old building. Especially fun was a mill-type wheel that is a dog-wheel. In olden times, a small dog ran inside the wheel to turn it which in turn rotated the very large meat rotisserie in the huge Inn fireplace. I hope they gave the poor dog a piece of the roasted meat for his efforts! The George Inn, 4 West St, Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2LH; tel: +44 (0)1249 730263; thegeorgelacock@wadworth.co.uk; Click here for The George Inn web site

The George Inn

The George Inn

St. Patricks Church in Corsham

St. Patricks Church in Corsham


We walked back to the car and drove to Corsham to find the church which we did with only a few wrong turns. Then drove back to the cottage to check in. Ten minutes early and no one was there so I telephoned the gal who was supposed to meet us and left a message. She showed up immediately, gave us the key and showed us around. It’s very nice but the kitchen is downstairs and the dining table is upstairs . . . a bit inconvenient but it’ll work. Our landlady is off at a family wedding today, not the Royal one! We unpacked and relaxed until time for church, then drove back to Corsham to get a precious parking place. They were just setting up for Mass so we were greeted profusely. It’s a very friendly church and they have lots of children so should be around for a while.

*****

St. Patrick's Church in Corsham

St. Patrick's Church in Corsham

The View from our upstairs window

The View from our upstairs window


After church my phone refused to load Google Maps. This is the second time. We’re not on Vodafone here; we’re on EE and they seem to have problems too. I hooked up our Garmin GPS and it actually worked and got us back to the house.

We’re thinking of Bath tomorrow . . .

Posted by Beausoleil 15:42 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged scenery uk devon cotswolds lacock devonshire

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Lacock is lovely, isn't it? A shame you didn't get to the Abbey but I guess you didn't have enough time. It's fascinating for anyone interested in early photography because of the association with Fox Talbot. Some of the earliest photos ever taken were of the abbey!

I hope you did decide on Bath for the next day as it's one of my favourite cities and I'll be excited to see it through your eyes :)

by ToonSarah

Thanks Sarah. We did get to the Abbey, just not on our first day. We were within walking distance of Lacock so it was an evening enjoyment for our week there. I was counting on finding my first Brownie camera in the Fox Talbot Museum but they didn't have my model. So sad. I gave it to a little neighbor boy when I got my second Brownie camera. Wish I still had it. ;)

by Beausoleil

Good to know you did visit the Abbey - I jumped the gun a bit ;) Yes, those first Brownies got a lot of us into photography, didn't they?

by ToonSarah

Do I remember correctly that you also had a tip on a Tithe Barn in Brittany back on VT? Before that I didn't even know what a Tithe Barn was.

by Nemorino

Don, You have an amazing memory. I did have a Tithe Barn tip on VT. It was in (then) Haute Normandie, though, not Brittany. It was Abbaye Saint-Wandrille. The actual abbey is a ruin and services were in the converted tithe barn. There was also a tip on the Swiss Organ Museum in a tithe barn in Roche, Switzerland. It would be a shame to waste those beautiful old storage buildings. We saw a restaurant in one once but I don't remember where.

by Beausoleil

I used to work in a library in a converted old barn (https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/8705/Manor-Farm-Library) It's known as the Little Barn, although very big, because next to it is the older Great Barn. I don't know if they were both tithe barns at one point but the Great Barn certainly was (https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/22796/A-history-of-the-Manor-Farm-site)

by ToonSarah

Looks like a lovely place to visit. Thanks for the tour.

by lmkluque

Linda, How nice to see you here. I miss seeing you on VT . . . the good old days. How are you doing?

by Beausoleil

  • waves to Linda*

by ToonSarah

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