Lights, camera, Lacock!

The cast of Downton Abbey in Lacock

Appropriate for the birthplace of photography, Lacock is no stranger to the screen. Both the abbey and village are instantly recognisable from a variety of film and television productions, including Harry Potter, Wolf Hall, Cranford, Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice.

Downton Abbey

In February 2015 the Downton Abbey crew transformed Church Street into a 1920s livestock market. Sheep, pigs and a 1-tonne long-horned bull joined the cast, as well as many ‘extras’, creating a bustling market scene attended by Lord Grantham, his family and many of the staff.

Behind the scenes on Downton Abbey series 6 video
Behind the scenes on Downton Abbey series 6 video

The Hollow Crown

In November 2014, BBC Two returned to Lacock for the filming of the concluding part of their series 'The Hollow Crown', based on Shakespeare's history plays. This final season comprises Henry VI Part I and II and Richard III.

This was actually the second time 'The Hollow Crown' had visited Lacock. In January 2012, scenes from the first series (which told the stories of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V) were also filmed at the abbey.

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses
Cast of The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses in costume

Wolf Hall

Lacock Abbey stood in for Wolf Hall, the seat of the Seymour family, in the BBC's adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker prize winning novels 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up The Bodies'.

The Wolf Hall team also filmed down the road from Lacock at Great Chalfield Manor and Garden, which starred as Austen Friars, the home of Thomas Cromwell, the central character of the series.

The abbey cloister in the 2015 BBC production of Wolf Hall
Filming in the cloister at Lacock Abbey