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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...

Elliot Woolford
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 6th May 2021

March 1930 Entries In a meticulously kept diary, Elliot Woolford provides the reader with a no-nonsense view of farming...

The Fearless Aeronauts
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 1st April 2021

Lydiard House and Park feature in the local and national newspapers many times over the decades and today we bring you an...

Love at Lydiard
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 29th January 2021

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

Thomas Becket Wall Painting
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 19th November 2020

2020 marks an important anniversary for the extraordinary figure of Thomas Becket. On 29th December it will be 850 years...

The Silent Companions
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 6th November 2020

I well remember the first time I visited Lydiard House. I walked into the Dining Room – and jumped a mile when I saw the...

Lydiard House Ghost Stories
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 27th October 2020

Frances Bevan writes: What better subject for a Halloween post than tales of ghostly happenings in Lydiard House. Like...

The Wiltshire Loaf Cheese
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 5th October 2020

A famous product of the local area is Wiltshire Loaf Cheese, which is a semi-hard cheese, smooth and creamy on the outside...

Prince George, Princess Charlotte & the Battersea Connection
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 28th August 2020

Prince George and Princess Charlotte are expected to return to school at Thomas’s Battersea this September, a school...