The Lydiard Archives

Lydiard Park & Gardens

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.





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Postcard of Ice House Road Avenue, Lydiard Park, Victorian
Postcard of Ice House Road Avenue, Lydiard Park, Victorian

Victorian postcard of the avenue showing the Ice H...

Handbill advertising a Garden Party at Lydiard Park, 1887
Handbill advertising a Garden Party at Lydiard Park, 1887

The handbill promotes a garden party to be held in...

Plan of the Churchyard, Parsonage House & Gardens, 1812
Plan of the Churchyard, Parsonage House & Gardens, 1812

This measured plan, drawn up in 1812 is entitled:'...

Photograph of Garden Party at Lydiard Park, early 20th Century
Photograph of Garden Party at Lydiard Park, early 20th Century

Photograph of ladies and gentlemen at a garden par...