The following day we hopped on a coach, our destination - the village of Laycock. It is a lovely picturesque village that is owned by the National Trust. People live there, but there are strict rules on what colour they can paint their houses etc. It has been used in quite a few films. Most notably as the village of Meryton in 95' Pride and Prejudice, also Cranford in Crandord. :)
We spent the morning wandering around the village, seeing what buildings we recognised. :)
Miss Matty and Miss Deborah Jenkyn's House (Cranford)
Corina outside the Jenkyn's house
Captain Brown's House (Cranford)
The very elegant Claire and Corina.
A lovely little bakery
I think this house, or maybe the one in the photo above (my memory is like a sieve sometimes!), was used as Miss Bates's house in the 95' ITV version of Emma.
Laycock church which was used as Highbury church in the ITV Emma
Inside the church
Everyone gathered round to hear all about the history of the village.
Ignore the cars!
Natalie with her beautiful parasol. :)
After wandering around most of the village, we went and had a cup of tea in the local tea room - King John's Hunting Lodge
This is the owner (once again my memory has failed me when it comes to her name!) Anyway, she had a lovely collection of antique (victorian) clothing. Oh and she has also published a lovely book or Regency recipes called 'Tea with the Bennets'.
Me holding the owner's beautiful parasol and shawl. :)
Natalie looking amazing as usual. Her clothes are exquisite. :)
Claire and Corina looking very smart in their ball gowns.
After tea we continued our tour of the village.
The Red Lion pub. Used as the outside of the Meryton Assembly Rooms in 95' P&P.
The National Trust shop - a must when visiting any Trust property. :) I managed to stop myself from buying anything, which is frankly amazing as I always end up coming out of their shops carrying many bagfuls of stuff! So many pretty things. :)
This building was used as a shop in 95' P&P. The one where Lydia spots 'a hideous piece of material that would do very well for Mary'! (not sure if those were her exact words!)
and another. :)
This shop was seen in 95' P&P aswell. The victorian postbox was disguised as I think a water pump.
We had a wonderful time. There was great excitement at seeing buildings used in much loved films and tv programmes, and the village was very pretty - very chocolate boxey. :)
Next stop - Longbourn!!! :)