The Lydiard Archives

Art & Interiors

When Swindon Corporation purchased Lydiard Park in 1943, the ground floor State Rooms were empty but for plaster busts integral to its fine plasterwork and an overlooked marble bust of Henry Bolingbroke. Since the 1960s a huge effort has been made to trace and return original items to the rooms, conserve or restore original decorative schemes based on historic evidence, and present the rooms as closely as possible to their former lived-in appearance. 

This collection focuses on furnishing, pictures and decorative art which is original to the House, including items not generally on display, such as nineteenth century inventories and objects which are now held in other public or private collections. Also included are significant exhibits acquired by Swindon Council which complement the rooms or reflect the story of Lydiard House. 

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Art & Interiors

Featured Items

Painted panel by Lady Diana Beauclerk, eighteenth century
Painted panel by Lady Diana Beauclerk, eighteenth century

One of a set of nine painted panels by Lady Diana...

Marble bust of Henry St.John, 1st Visct Bolingbroke (1678-1751), by Michael Rysbrack
Marble bust of Henry St.John, 1st Visct Bolingbroke (1678-1751), by Michael Rysbrack

The bust, depicting Henry St.John, 1st Visct Bolin...

Susanna and the Elders stone relief c1520
Susanna and the Elders stone relief c1520

Sixteenth-century stone relief showing the Apocryp...

Vincennes porcelain beakers and saucers, eighteenth century
Vincennes porcelain beakers and saucers, eighteenth century

Two beakers and saucers of Vincennes porcelain whi...