Monday, October 12, 2009

Lacock, Meryton and Pride and Prejudice!

Pictures from Lacock - the pretty, typically English village that has been used so many times in Jane Austen adaptations. I thought I'd show you some of the less familiar scenes away from the main street.
Lacock has been used in many BBC productions and films - when I visited, the locals in the teashop told me about their experiences as extras which sounded great fun! Lacock was used in the lovely 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice for the town of Meryton. Here's how Jane Austen first introduces Meryton.

The village of Longbourn was only one mile from Meryton; a most convenient distance for the young ladies, who were usually tempted thither three or four times a week, to pay their duty to their aunt and to a milliner's shop just over the way. The two youngest of the family, Catherine and Lydia, were particularly frequent in these attentions; their minds were more vacant than their sisters', and when nothing better offered, a walk to Meryton was necessary to amuse their morning hours and furnish conversation for the evening; and however bare of news the country in general might be, they always contrived to learn some from their aunt. At present, indeed, they were well supplied both with news and happiness by the recent arrival of a militia regiment in the neighbourhood; it was to remain the whole winter, and Meryton was the headquarters.

8 comments:

Kelly said...

Looks such a lovely place. Thank you for sharing!

Jane Odiwe said...

It is lovely, Kelly, well worth a day trip!

Jan Jones said...

Love that photo of the bridge, Jane. I'd be tempted to walk there several times a week too!

Jane Odiwe said...

Ooh, yes, there are so many lovely walks round there!

Charleybrown said...

It looks so charming! And it would be fun to get to speak with some of the extras! Did they act in P&P or Cranford? or something else?

Looks like a delightful place to visit :)

Jane Odiwe said...

They were in Cranford - there are photos up in the teashop. Plus, of course, some of Harry Potter was filmed in Lacock Abbey so there are pictures of the cast visiting the teashop too.

Charleybrown said...

I adored Cranford. It would take absolutely no convincing for me to take up residence in that town with those lovely, yet quirky ladies. Can't wait for the sequel!

Jane Odiwe said...

Yes, that was a lovely adaptation - I had a few quibbles with it, but the acting was superb and the tone just right!