Original timber-framed cottages line the streets of the village, which is cared for by the National Trust, making it a perfect filming location as the view is free from satellite dishes and overhead cabling. 'Cranford', 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Downton Abbey' have been filmed in the village, making use of the beautiful cottages as a backdrop.
The Downton Abbey crew transformed Church Street into a 1920s livestock market. Sheep, pigs and a one-tonne long horned bull joined the cast, as well as many extras, creating a bustling market scene attended by Lord Gratham, his family and many of the cast. The famous characters from above and below stairs wandered the streets of Lacock; Lord and Lady Grantham and their daughters Lady Mary and Lady Edith were there and all of the staff from Mr Carson to Mrs Patmore. 'We are all massive fans, so spotting Lady Mary, Thomas and Mr Bates on the streets that we walk everyday was an absolute treat.'
Lacock has featured in several of the Harry Potter movies. Lacock Abbey features as Hogwarts. The cloisters and several rooms inside the ancient building have played their part in creating JK Rowlings' vision of the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Amongst the rooms that you might spot from Lacock Abbey are Professor McGonagall, Quirrel and Snape's classrooms. The memorable scene where Dobby turns on Lucius Malfoy and tells him that 'you shall not harm Harry Potter!' is also recognisable as the cloisters from Lacock Abbey. One of the village's houses was used as Harry's childhood home, the place where Voldemort kills Lily Potter in front of her son. Harry Potter Locations include the Abbey, Church Street and the Angel Inn.
Although Cranford is set in Cheshire, Lacock was the perfect scene setter and thus got a starring role. The production based on three Elizabeth Gaskell novellas stared a plethora of British acting talent including Dames Judi Dench and Eileen Atkins.
The Hollow Crown
Lacock Abbey starred in 'The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses' alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Dame Judi Dench.