Our Trip to England: Cornwall & Lacock
That’s pronounced “lay-cock” :) Two of the day trips we took from Bradford-on-Avon were to Lacock – a short drive to a quaint town with a beautiful abbey (Harry Potter filed there! Expeliarmus!) – and the stunning Cornwall. I’ll start with Cornwall. We were determined to visit Cornwall on this trip because my great-grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Cornwall (Bodmin to be exact) and we wanted to see the home my great-grandmother grew up in. So we got in our rental car and braved the three hour drive southwest without internet. Who learned how to navigate via road signs? This gal! Anyway, we got there and saw the cute “Maudlin Cottage” (don’t you love how all the homes have names there?) and the lady who currently lives there showed us the backyard and talked to us about the some of the history of the house. It was a really cool experience to imagine it as my Gramps’s mom would have experienced it (horse and buggy most likely, with a lot of open land).
^My great-great grandfather’s work shed. Wild!^
^The current homeowners have planted a lot of vegetation, but it would have been a lot of open land in the early 1900s.^
After seeing my heritage, we took off for Tintagel on the coast to see Tintagel Castle, the supposed birthplace of King Athur. The ruins of the castle and town are nestled into the cliffs overlooking the ocean. You can also see “Merlin’s Cave” which I imagine is really neat when it is foggy (although I am glad is was warm and sunny when we were there). There are sheep roaming the clifisde and you feel like you have stepped back in time, possible in a romance novel. So beautiful. One thing that surprised Dan and me was how vague the information was around the ruins. They are so old the historians don’t know much about them and didn’t really let their imaginations show you what might have been like some other historical sites will do. I’ll give them a pass with these views though, amiright?
Now, for the last part of our trip: Lacock! England has a lot of suggestively named places – it makes going places extra fun! Lacock is small but we had a delicious little tea and treat for breakfast, then went into a few stops, toured the Abbey, then had a delicious lunch in a darling little courtyard before heading back to Bradord-on-Avon.
A little history: Lacock Abbey was a nunnery founded in 1229 but after King Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries it became a residence, eventually home to William Henry Fox Talbot who made the first known photographic negative using a camera. Thus, there is so much history to see from the cloisters to the manor to the photography museum to the beautiful gardens. Not surprisingly, many scenes have been filmed there (aforementioned Harry Potter as well as Wolf Hall).
And that’s all folks! I can’t believe that a month ago we were there – time really does fly. England I miss you!