Lacock is a village and civil parish in the rural county of Wiltshire, England, 3 miles (5 km) from the town of
Chippenham. The village is owned almost in its entirety by the National Trust, and attracts many visitors by virtue of
its unspoiled appearance.
The parish includes Bowden Hill, a small village 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east of Lacock, and the hamlet of Notton, the
same distance to the northwest.
Bowood is one of Capability Brown's finest parks. He extended a pond into a large curved lake. Laid out over 2,000
acres (8 km²) in the 1760s, it replaced an earlier, more formal garden of avenues and wildernesses. Brown's design
encompasses a sinuous lake (almost 1 km long), with lawns sloping gently down from the house, and drifts of
mature trees. Brown planted an arboretum of rare trees in the Pleasure Grounds behind the walled garden, and
these were added to in the mid-19th century when a pinetum was begun. It was at about this time that the Doric
Temple folly, originally situated by Brown in the Pleasure Grounds, was moved to its present position beside the