The Lydiard Archives

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The Lost Gardens of Lydiard - recent aerial photographs reveal a 17th-century perspective of extensive formal gardens swept away 250 years ago.

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Collections

Featuring portraits, furniture and architecture, as well as letters, photographs, memories and manuscripts, we are continuously creating special interest collections of artefacts and records that offer fascinating guided tours through Lydiard Park’s historic past.

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Jubilee
Jubilee

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, we have put together a collection of photographs, recollections, audio and memorabilia that tell the story of her majesty's visit to Lydiard Park in November 1997.

Castles and Mansions
Castles and Mansions

Over the centuries the St.John family married into families across the United Kingdom and Ireland, creating a fascinating network of cousins and influencers who have written their own pages in history. Our collection of castles, mansions, landscaped gardens and country estates gives a glimpse into this extended world of family spanning 800 years from the 12th to the 20th century.

Love Tokens and Keepsakes
Love Tokens and Keepsakes

Our latest collection celebrates the theme of love with a group of exquisite St.John family miniatures drawn from Lydiard House and private collections.

World War I
World War I

Eighty-four men left Lydiard Tregoze to fight in the Great War, and fourteen never returned. From farmers and labourers to the brothers in Lydiard House, explore the impact of World War I on this small community.

Research

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Reports and Articles

A unique compendium of 40 annual publications from the Friends, along with authored papers, containing scholarly articles and social history related to Lydiard Park.

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Records

Transcriptions, images, and archival resources of documents, parish records, wills, diaries, correspondence, accounts, inventories and other recorded materials.

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Artefacts

A starting place to search for a wide range of Lydiard ephemera, including art, monuments, furniture, architectural and landscape features, graves, maps, books, and videos.

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Media and Memories

Archival newspaper, magazine and film clippings, as well as personal recollections and stories of life at Lydiard over the past 150 years

About

The Lydiard Archives are a unique digital collection of objects, records, reports and ephemera documenting the thousand-year history of Lydiard House and Park. Created by volunteers with a passion for preservation and accessibility, The Lydiard Archives are managed by The Friends of Lydiard Park, an independent charity formed to protect, conserve and educate people about this beautiful historic estate with its Palladian house, ancient church, walled garden, and rolling parkland.



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