Lake, Wiltshire

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Lake House
Grid reference: SU133389
Location: 51°8’60"N, 1°48’36"W
Post town: Salisbury
Postcode: SP4
Local Government
Council: Wiltshire

Lake is a tiny village on the west bank of the River Avon in Wiltshire, two miles south-west of Amesbury. Wilsford is half a mile to the north and Great Durnford less than that to the south-east, though separated by the unbridged river.

The village is within the rolling landscape of Salisbury Plain, in the steep cut the Avon makes through the downland. This is a landscape rich in prehistoric monuments, just a few miles south of Stonehenge (and within the Stonehenge World Heritage Site). On Normanton Down above Lake are features including include a Neolithic long barrow and some forty Bronze Age round barrows

Lake House stands at the southern edge of the village, dating from 1578; a Grade I listed building with a Grade II listed gardens. The house was built for George Duke, a clothier, and remained in the Duke family until 1897. Restoration was carried out by Detmar Blow at that time, and again after 1912 following a major fire.