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Elizabeth I's Visit to Lydiard
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 2nd June 2022

On the Lydiard Archives this month we’re celebrating the Platinum Jubilee by showcasing the visit of HM the Queen to...

Castles and Mansions Collection
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 2nd May 2022

The Lydiard Archives is currently featuring a special collection about the castles, mansions, gardens and country estates...

Miniature Portraits in the Lydiard Archives
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 6th March 2022

March 24th marks the birthday of Lady Diana Spencer who married Frederick St’John, 2nd Viscount Bolingbroke, in 1757. The...

Love at Lydiard Part 2
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 31st January 2022

Local historian Frances Bevan in her Good Gentlewoman blog once sagely observed that the St John men did not make good...

The Painted Window
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 22nd December 2021

Lydiard House contains many exquisite and fascinating items, but none more so than the painted window in the dressing room....

Christmas Snippets from the Local Newspaper
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 30th November 2021

North Wiltshire Herald 24th December 1924 LYDIARD TREGOZE. WHIST DRIVE.—A very successful whist drive, promoted by Mrs....

Battle Names – How Swindon babies of the First World War were named in commemoration
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 5th November 2021

With a new series of the BBC genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are currently on TV we were reminded of a previous...

Boxer George Strange
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 20th September 2021

George Strange was born in 1843 at Prioryfield, in one of a group of tiny stone cottages isolated at the end of a long track...

St John of Bletso Table Carpet
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 28th June 2021

This month’s Living History piece is about table carpets and in particular the St John of Bletso table carpet that is now...

The First Lady of Lydiard
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 25th May 2021

Throughout the long history of Lydiard Park, there has been a whole succession of fascinating women who have been born or...