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Lacock Abbey

Earliest known photographic negative;
Film location for several movies

Oriel Window at Lacock Abbey
Oriel Window at Lacock Abbey
Taken August 1835, this is the earliest known surviving photographic negative.
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Lacock Village
Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 2LG
United Kingdom
44 01249 730459

On This Very Spot in the early 13th century, Lacock Abbey was founded by Ela, Countess of Salisbury, the daughter of William, Earl of Salisbury, and wife of William Longespee, the illegitimate son of Henry II.

On This Very Spot following the Dissolution of the monasteries, Henry VIII sold the Abbey to Sir William Sharington, who in 1539 began work to transform it into a family home. The house went to a niece who married a Talbot, the family that has been associated with it ever since.

On This Very Spot in August 1835, William Henry Fox Talbot made the earliest known surviving example of a photographic negative, a small photogenic drawing of the oriel window in the south gallery (see above).

On This Very Spot on September 23, 1840, Talbot discovered the negative/positive photographic process that formed the basis for modern photography.

On This Very Spot is found the Fox Talbot Museum, which examines his pioneering work in the field of photography.

On This Very Spot was filmed the scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in which Harry is chosen for the "quidditch" team. In the same movie, a room in the Abbey serves as Professor Snape's classroom.

On This Very Spot were filmed scenes from the movies Pride and Prejudice, Cranford, The Other Boleyn Girl, and Wolfman.

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Submitted By:  Spottermom

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This spot is a museum open to the public under the administration of the National Trust. For complete visitor's information, including hours of operation, admission fees, and map & directions, visit the official website.

Location: Near Chippenham, 13 miles east of Bath in England

Nearest Major Airport: London

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