• Short Summary

    Portrait of the Lacock Abbey, one of the oldest and the most beautiful architectural works in Britain.

  • Description

    Lacock, Wiltshire.

    Long panning shot of village road with a line of traditional old beautifully preserved houses and people passing by. Cut to a long shot of another, equally old and beautiful street. M/S of a fluffy ginger dog bear-looking creature. C/U shot of the face of the dog reveals the genuine quality of the countryside - relaxed, 'take-it-easy' attitude to life.

    These are images of the lovely village of Lacock, south of Chippenham and only 13 miles from Bath. Not only is the village beautiful but it is of great historical value. Succession of shots of the village depicts its beauty. Voiceover talks about the history of the place.

    Lacock's Abbey, which belongs to the people of Britain through the National Trust, is one of the most beautiful in the country. L/S of the archway as a group of people enters the Abbey grounds. M/S of the people looking in direction of Abbey, admiringly. Panning shot of Lacock abbey - stunning! M/S of the window "that became the subject for the first photograph in 1839" - voiceover informs. Inventor of photography, William Henry Fox Talbot, who was born in Lacock and carried his research here, first immortalised the Abbey with his new invention.

    Cut to M/S of the group of tourists admiring the Abbey. C/U shot of the young girl's hands as she takes the photograph. C/U shot of the girl's face, followed by an eye match shot of the famous window. Succession of shots of Abbey's walls, windows, corridors and columns depicts the architectural mastery and complexity of the building. Cut to M/S of old man with tattooed arms, a villager, lighting his pipe, looking upwards.

    The Abbey was founded in 13th century by the Countess of Salisbury, who became the first Abbess. Abbey belonged to the Talbot family until 1944 when it was presented to the National Trust.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    55.02
    Media URN:
    2042
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    01/10/1956
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:16:00 / 01:01:58:00
    Canister:
    CP 092

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