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“Lacock named as European hotspot by TripAdvisor website”

TV dramas including Cranford have been filmed in Lacock

A Wiltshire village has been named as Europe's top up-and-coming destination by a tourism website.

TripAdvisor UK says interest in Lacock, near Chippenham, has increased more than any other European hotspot over the past 12 months.

A spokesperson for the website, which offers holiday and hotel reviews, said: "The use of the village as a film set over the last few years may partly explain its significant soar in popularity."

I'd put it down to the fact that the UK is better value than it used to be.

Margaret Barley, Veitchly House B&B

Films and TV dramas including Pride and Prejudice, Moll Flanders, Emma, Cranford and Harry Potter have all been shot in Lacock. "There has been a huge increase in the interest in Lacock," added Alan Williams from Visit Wiltshire. "It's probably linked to the films that have been shot there, as well as the Abbey and the village. "Certainly we've seen a lot more people coming to Wiltshire over the last year or so and we did really well out of the 'Staycation'.


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Lacock stars in Downton Abbey

For the final series of Downton Abbey, the Wiltshire village of Lacock starred in the beloved ITV drama for the first time.

In February 2015 the Downton Abbey crew transformed Church Street into a 1920s livestock market. Sheep, pigs and a 1-tonne long-horned bull joined the cast, as well as many ‘extras’, creating a bustling market scene attended by Lord Grantham, his family and many of the staff.

Lacock is Cranford

Stars and experiences on the film set at Lacock

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. Only Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton were missing, who play the Dowager Countess and Mrs Crawley.

Event volunteer Ray Pattemore was another supporting artist on the set and got to play a judge: ‘I managed to speak to quite a few of the cast and I was even complimented on my appearance. One of the production team told me that I had one of the best supporting artists jobs on set, which pleased me no end. I particularly wanted to chat to 'Mrs Patmore' the cook, played by Lesley Nicol. My surname is Pattemore and Patmore is a name linked to my ancestors. I explained this to her and she was pleased that I had spoken to her.’

‘Lots of people come to Lacock and say: “It looks like something out of Downton”, so it was wonderful to finally have the crew and cast here – lots of us have been hoping they’d decide to film here,’ said Kristine Heuser who works for the National Trust in Lacock. ‘We are all massive fans, so spotting Lady Mary, Thomas and Mr Bates on the streets we walk every day was an absolute treat.’

National Trust