History

The one time home of the rich and powerful St. John family, Lydiard Park is a Grade II protected landscape under the English Heritdamwallage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England; whilst the House and St Mary’s Church are both Grade I listed buildings.


The Park benefited from significant investment in 2005 from the Heritage Lottery Fund through their Public Park’s initiative. Along with investments from local business partners, trusts and foundations, the park’s landscape was restored to its former glory. At the heart of the park is Lydiard House – a striking Grade I listed Palladian house that for 500 years was home to the St John family. The ground floor state apartments of Lydiard House have been beautifully restored and are open to visitors to view the ornate plasterwork and original family furnishings displayed alongside portraits and photographs of the St John family.


p1110734We recognise the importance of the natural environment and heritage at Lydiard Park as a unique selling point and driver for future economic sustainability, and we are therefore committed to strike a balance between recreation and conservation. This means we will only consider developments that do not adversely impact or compromise the Park and House, its heritage and diverse ecology. Lydiard Park is a valued community asset and is often the location for socially responsible activities involving the citizens of Swindon. This includes established events on the national calendar such as the Lydiard Field of Remembrance, the Race for Life and the Park Run, alongside a host of smaller charitable and community activities of local importance.


More information can be found on the Historic England website – click here