Lydiard Park has a long and rich history, from the thirteenth-century deer park created by the Tregoze family as a private hunting ground, to the twenty-first-century Country Park enjoyed by several hundred thousand visitors each year.
In the seventeenth century avenues radiated out from the St.John family’s manor house, where a gravel forecourt with topiary led onto extensive formal gardens, a long bowling green, canal and fishpond. The gardens were swept away in the eighteenth century to be refashioned in the English Landscape Garden Style, meticulously restored in a £5.3million National Lottery Heritage Fund project, 2004-7.
Browse the site for historic photographs, surveys, research and recollections. There is a wealth of information available on the historic park and its natural environment and this will be added to the archive as it develops.