Desperately Seeking Darcy

So at the weekend, I spent a lovely few hours with Michele doing a re-watch of the 1995 tv mini series of Janes Austens ‘Pride and Prejudice’. We hadn’t meant to watch the whole thing , but it was just too good to stop.

It’s a really lovely adaptation with beautiful scenery and costumes plus it launched the career of Colin Firth with his moody staring Mr Darcy. It also featured many actors looking incredibly youthful and whom I almost didn’t recognise such as Emilia Fox as Darcy’s sister, Julia Sawalha as Lydia and Lucy Davis as Maria Lucas.

The scenery is just to die for, rolling hills in Derbyshire and grand houses such as Lyme Park in Cheshire posing as Pemberely ( Darcys residence) , Belton House in Lincolnshire which was Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s home and the village of Meryton which was filmed in the beautiful village of Lacock.

Today I had to go to the Wiltshire town of Melksham for a work related reason. Melksham is almost a 1 hour drive from where I live, thankfully my partner pointed out a benefit to this. On the way I would be driving past the village of Lacock!  So he suggested he come with me and that on the way back we stop off and walk around Lacock.

Lacock Village is mostly owned by the National Trust as it was bequeathed to them in 1944. They ensure it keeps its quaint historic feel and because of that, it is used quite regularly for filming TV programs and movies. Most famous scenes include Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and Cranford. You won’t see a satellite dish on any building in Lacock!




You can walk around the village for free, but parking  is in the National Trust car park and there is an entrance fee for Lacock Abbey/Fox Talbot Museum. I realised the Abbey had reopened today, but we weren’t really in the mood for a full days visit.

The village is featured in the Domesday Book, a survey of England and Wales, back in 1086. Most of the houses are of 18th Century or earlier and the most notable buildings are the Abbey and the Tithe Barn.

The weather today was reasonable, cool but windy and slightly overcast.

Our walk all round the village took a couple of hours and i ended up taking 175 photographs! Because we are still in the Covid -19 Pandemic the village was not busy, I imagine at this time of year, even on a Monday, it would have been much busier. We literally just saw a few people who were visitors and a few dog walkers/joggers. None of the shops or pubs were open either.

So down to business, I took some screen shots from 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice and put them alongside photos i took today!

First the fabulous Lizzie Bennett, played by the beautiful Jennifer Ehle,  with the sneaky Mr Wickham.



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Next up, Lydia Bennett is terribly excited when she see’s the chaps across the street! I loved this clock door arrangement.




Oh look , it’s the ‘Gentlemen’ that Lydia have spied across the street!

I didn’t have the right angle for this shot, tbh I didn’t look up  screenshots before my visit!





and final general street scenes!

Well i hoped you enjoyed my little tour of street scenes from Lacock and Pride and Prejudice. I will probably do another post generally because it was so beautiful and I took ALL of the photos!

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Sadly, no Mr Darcy to be seen but I won’t complain as I do already have my own brooding, brown wavy haired chap!


  1. Thank you for the virtual trip, Rachel! Loved it! This is my favourite (only) version of Pride and Prejudice. But unlike many I was and still is a big fan of Lizzy (Jennifer Ehle), not Darcy 😉😁. I wish I could visit Lacock village one day 🙏🏻


    1. my pleasure Olga!
      Jennifer was absolutely wonderful, i agree 100%!
      it was a bit of an unexpected trip-we only planned it yesterday after my partner put 2 and 2 together. I do hope you get to visit, it really is a beautiful village and you would take the most splendid photographs!


  2. I loved our P and P weekend so much and I am beyond the moon that you and OH went to Lacock today. Definitely going on my travel bucket list! I also thank you for your ever clever astute Austening because I didn’t make the parallel connection until you told me! I look forward to that viewing this weekend!! 😉😘❤️
    This village is just quaint and quessential Jane Austen!! That moody rolling sky pic just is magnificent !
    Your pic taking is fabulous as always!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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      1. Ahh so modest! Your phone took amazing photos! I love the synchronicity feeling you got!! I would be beaming all week after visiting such a magical village!


  3. I didn’t know that Lacock was Meryton!! We were there in 2011.Thank you for the revisit and the memories – Lacock is a simply gorgeous village and the abbey is beautiful. There was a market in one of the large buildings – community hall or the like – at which we spent some time browsing and having lunch. One of the highlights of that 2011 trip was Lyme Park which I loved – 1995 P&P is one of my favourite miniseries of all time, and Darcy a favourite character. Colin Firth will be THE Darcy of all time.

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    1. ah glad to have helped! lol
      it realy is lovely, and i’m kinda grateful for it being quiet tbh though missed the tea shops being open-would have killed for a cuppa!
      I think it might be time for me to join the National Trust and go round more of these places!
      and yes, I agree his portrayal of Mr Darcy is brilliant-we were meant to watch the film but i couldn’t stream it and i’m much happier we saw the series

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      1. I think discovering this charming village and actually going with OH on a quiet Monday and then sharing these beautiful pics with us here are worth their weight in gold. What a magical surprise !

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  4. Oh, how I would love to visit that beautiful village! I’m glad your honey pointed out the opportunity and you both had a lovely day.

    As for Colin Firth, yes, he’s the perfect Darcy and I like to watch him play any role but I agree that Jennifer Ehle is the luminous one.

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