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Ela's Story

Ela’s Story - My Story

There has been a long period when I have not been on a position to do anything meaningful about the site. Two things have changed all that. The first is that our son got married last weekend and secondly my work commitments tail off as the autumn turns to winter.

One thing that should help me, is that the National Trust is celebrating one hundred years of women getting the vote in 2018, so they will be concentrating on the women who have influenced the development of their properties.

In the case of Lacock there are several influential women, not the least of which was Ela, 3rd Countess of Salisbury, who founded Lacock Abbey (and owned the entire village) in 1232. You could argue that without Ela, there would be no Lacock as we know it today.

The other main character would be Matilda Talbot, who was the last private owner and donated the Abbey and village to the National Trust in 1944.

Both of these influential women are covered to varying degrees here on twelvethirtytwo.com but I am going to be researching Ela in some depth over the winter months and I will be sharing with you some of the things I find.

So, keep an eye on the blog as a first port of call to see what happens
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