Abbey sights in Southwest England
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Lacock Abbey was founded as an Augustinian nunnery in 1232 by Ela, Countess of Salisbury. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the abbey was sold to Sir William Sharington in 1539, who converted the nunnery into a home, demolished the church, built a tower and added a brewery. Highlights are the deeply atmospheric medieval rooms, while the stunning Gothic entrance hall is lined with bizarre terracotta figures; spot the scapegoat with a lump of sugar on its nose. Some of the original 13th-century structure is evident in the cloisters and there are traces of medieval wall paintings. The recently restored botanic garden is also worth a visit.
On Tuesdays year-round and…