October 4, 2007

Trip Start Oct 02, 2007
Trip End Dec 15, 2007

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Friday, October 5, 2007

My first stop was Bowood House, southeast of Chippenham, UK.  The most famous person in the history of Bowood is the "2nd Earl, Prime Minister from 1782 to 1783, was created Marquess of Lansdowne for negotiating peace with America after the War of Independence." Pretty grounds and building, although the terrace was closed for a function (whoever it was needed 2 black helicopters!?!) Got a few pictures of the grounds. The children's playground was enormous, with a slide that was 15-20' tall. Perfect for a big kid too.

My next stop was Lacock Abbey, south of Chippenham. Recently, this abbey and cloisters were featured in the 1st & 2nd Harry Potter films. I have plenty of pictures. The Abbey is the most photographed place outside of London in the UK. "Country house created out of a medieval abbey, the home of William Henry Fox Talbot, a pioneer of photography." The museum really isn't worth the price of admission, but to see the architecture of the building and the cloisters were.

Headed south to Salisbury for the night. Staying in a B&B on the edge of town so I have quick access to Stonehenge.
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