Archives

Running Through History
Category: Tales of Lydiard Articles Published on: 28th April 2024

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: Tales of Lydiard Articles Published on: 28th March 2024

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

The Forest of Braydon and Lydiard Park’s Veteran Trees
Category: Tales of Lydiard Articles Published on: 28th February 2024

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

Why did the St.John family choose Bolingbroke?
Category: Tales of Lydiard Articles Published on: 15th January 2024

When many people think of the name Henry Bolingbroke, the first character that comes to mind is John of Gaunt’s son Henry,...

Tracing the final resting place for Lydiard Park POWs
Category: Tales of Lydiard Articles Published on: 29th September 2023

Looking at Lydiard Park's beautiful grounds and playing fields in 2023 it is hard to imagine they were once occupied by a...

The Elliot Woolford diaries - 1900
Category: Tales of Lydiard Articles Published on: 21st September 2023

The turning of the year and the beginning of a new century appear to have made little impact on the establishment at Hook...

Satire and the St.John Family
Category: Tales of Lydiard Articles Published on: 28th August 2023

The Lydiard Archives contain a number of satirical cartoons referring to members of the St John family. Satire uses humour,...

Lydiard’s Austrian Rose
Category: Tales of Lydiard Articles Published on: 2nd August 2023

Lady Johanna St John, wife of Sir Walter and one of the 17th century chatelaines of Lydiard Park, was famous for her...

Elliot Woolford’s Wedding.
Category: Tales of Lydiard Articles Published on: 31st May 2023

In 1911 Elliot Woolford of Hook Farm attended the wedding of his future sister-in-law. He writes in his diary dated January...

The Case of the Coronation Hand-me-downs.
Category: Tales of Lydiard Articles Published on: 27th April 2023

The portrait collection at Lydiard House contains two pairs of portraits that have intriguing similarities. The first pair...