Living History Archive

Vernon St John, the “Lord of the Butterflies.”
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 26th June 2020

Vernon Henry St John, 6th Viscount Bolingbroke is remembered more for his passion and knowledge of natural history than for...

The Forest of Braydon and Lydiard Park’s veteran trees
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 1st June 2020

Map of Lydiard circa 1700 The great Forest of Braydon originally extended across North Wiltshire, covering much of the...

A Victorian Country Wedding
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 5th May 2020

Wedding arrangements in the Victorian parish of Lydiard Tregoze were dictated by the busy agricultural calendar. At Wick...

Fred's Horses
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 1st April 2020

"There was a meeting of two days at Newmarket this time of year, to see the sweetest little horse run that ever was; his...

Lady Johanna St John - A 17th Century Mother
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 27th February 2020

This month we’re celebrating Mother’s Day on 22nd March with an article by Frances Bevan about Lady Johanna St....

Running Through History
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 27th February 2020

Whether you are a dedicated park runner, or enjoy a regular dog walk or family cycle, you’ll be familiar with the open...

“Here is a good old mansion house…”
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 13th January 2020

By the mid 19th century the Palladian mansion house at Lydiard Tregoze was a little the worse for wear. Generations of St...

The Ice House
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 13th January 2020

“There ice, like crystal, firm and never lost, Tempers hot July with December’s frost;” From “On St James’...

A 17th Century Lydiard Christmas
Category: Living History Articles Published on: 9th January 2020

The letters of Johanna St.John to her steward at Lydiard, Thomas Hardyman, give us a fascinating insight into the menu for a...