Deborah (debris4spike) wrote,

What A Place Of History

As you know I am a great fan of photography, and always wish I could devote more time to it ... so it was wonderful to go to the home of William Fox Talbot, the inventor of the negative/positive photograph. He is said to have done his first negative in 1834, with the first daguerreotypes being published a couple of years later. Although negatives had been shown to be produced at the end of the previous century by Wedgewood. So there has been a lot of controvesy, both then, and to this day ... but the claim sticks.

As it turned out he was an amazing polymath, who published books on archeology and botony (to name a couple) ... his life is certainly worth looking into ... Thanks Wikipedia

So i learnt, I saw ... and I took photos ....

 photo The worldrsquos earliest photographic negative showing the Lattice Window_zpsmim76m2t.jpg
The world’s earliest photographic negative showing the Lattice Window ....
And this is the window, from the inside and out!
 photo August 1835 ndash first photographic negative 1_zpsu2nybdtb.jpg

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His study
 photo William Fox Talbotrsquos Study 5_zpsg430g0xy.jpg

If I forget the rest, I hope I never forget this Great Hall -
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 photo Great Hall 15_zpsbevj0km7.jpg

 photo Great Hall 14_zpsozqj2e7h.jpg

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 photo DSC_0194_zpsqxcfnzn3.jpg

Part of the old Abbey -
 photo Warming House 2_zpsux4hwtfj.jpg
Part of the original building ... called The Warming House, and seen in Harry Potter (however the cauldron is 17th century, not a stage prop)
 photo Cloisters 7_zpsjsvituug.jpg

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However, as well as looking at the hero of my hobby, I found out about the lady who founded the Abbey ... she was an amazing lady ...

Ela was born in Amesbury, Wiltshire in 1187, the only child and heiress of William FitzPatrick, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, Sheriff of Wiltshire and Eléonore de Vitré. In 1196, the same year she became countess and inherited her father's numerous estates, Ela married William Longespée, an illegitimate son of King Henry II, and had 8 or 9 children.

Ela held the post of Sheriff of Wiltshire for two years following her husband's death.

Three years later in 1229, Ela founded Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire as a nunnery of the Augustinian order. In 1238, she entered the abbey as a nun; she was made Abbess of Lacock in 1240, and held the post until 1257. The Book of Lacock recorded that Ela founded the monasteries at Lacock and Henton.  During her tenure as abbess, Ela obtained many rights for the abbey and village of Lacock.

Ela, Countess of Salisbury died on 24 August 1261 and was buried in Lacock Abbey. We did see the stone, but it is so worn now.
Tags: camera, christine, day trip, history, holiday 2019, national trust

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