Explore The Lydiard Archives for free, and share your memories of Lydiard Park and the Parish of Lydiard Tregoze. Donations towards your home-made afternoon tea are much appreciated.
If you have family connections with Lydiard Park and the parish of Lydiard Tregoze this is a chance to share your memories and explore The Lydiard Archives with Friends of Lydiard Park Chair Sarah Finch-Crisp and local historian and fellow trustee, Frances Bevan.
For over fifty years The Friends of Lydiard Park have been gathering and compiling the memories and stories of people who grew up in and around Lydiard Park, creating a fascinating history of the life of the village. Last year we filled every seat in the hall and we hope too again this year! Since last year’s Cakes and Tales we have collected more historic photographs and stories including some wonderful images preserved by the Strange family of Hook and the Rummings family of Park Farm, Lydiard Tregoze. Meanwhile Frances Bevan is continuing her transcriptions of the remarkable diaries of Elliott Woolford (d1940) of Hook Farm and discovering the Woolford’s close connections with the St.John family at the turn of the 20th century.
The archive is continually expanding and provides a wonderful digital resource for anyone interested in their local history, including school pupils who will be able to discover more about what life was like for children in the past. Please do bring along your photos and memories if you would like to share them. We can very carefully photograph them and return the originals to you.