About Lydiard Park
The 260 acre grade II listed historic park lies on the western fringes of Swindon in Wiltshire. Home of the St. John family for over 500 years, it was rescued from ruin by Swindon Corporation in 1943.
The park provides the setting for the beautiful grade I listed Palladian house that contains much of the original family furnishings and portraits back to Elizabethan times. It is also the setting for the grade I listed St. Mary’s Church, one of the most important parish churches in England on account of the richness of its monuments.
The park was restored in a major Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project 2004-7 and the church is currently undertaking its own exciting HLF conservation project.
Aside from a landscape that includes a beautifully restored walled garden, woods and lakes, the park also includes children’s play areas, three food outlets and a hotel and conference centre.
Due to financial constraints the owners of Lydiard House and Park, Swindon Borough Council, embarked on an outsourcing process for the property in 2015.
LPHT and SBC reach agreement on several issues and make a joint press release
Take the politics out!
Swindon Borough Council unilaterally abandons the process
Chartridge issue redundancy notices to all staff
Due diligence deadline extended to February 2018 cabinet meeting
Cabinet ratifies bid assessment team recommendation. The Lydiard Park Heritage Trust is the preferred bidder.
Lydiard Park Heritage Trust is named as the recommended preferred bidder by Swindon Borough Council’s bid assessment team
Following a fast response from the Lydiard Heritage Action Group, a new application to build within the Essential Setting of Lydiard Park is invalidated by Swindon Borough Council
St Mary’s Church wins Heritage Lottery Fund support
Taylor Wimpey withdraw their application to build a housing estate within the essential setting of Lydiard Park
The Lydiard Park Heritage Trust announces the formation of an ‘Advisory Group’
The Lydiard Heritage Action Group is formed, led by Kevin Fisher of the Trust, to campaign against Taylor Wimpey’s application to build a housing estate within the Essential Setting of Lydiard Park
The Lydiard Park Heritage Trust presents its bid on time to Swindon Borough Council
Six month moratorium announced
Details of Trustees announced
The Lydiard Park Heritage Trust is formed
The strength of feeling against the thought of the park being leased to a private commercial operator was demonstrated when over 700 people attended a public meeting organised by the Friends of Lydiard Park
Swindon Borough Council announce that, because the park was receiving a subsidy of £485,000 from the public purse, they would be searching for an organisation to take on the lease of the whole park, including the house, food outlets, hotel and conference centre.