Application to build executive houses within the Essential Setting

The owner of Brook Cottage has applied to build four very large houses (4+ bedrooms) on land to the left as you enter Lydiard Park from Hay Lane. This land is within the essential setting of Lydiard Park and will, should the application be allowed, set a precedent that may allow other developers to build within it. We believe that Lydiard Parks essential setting MUST be protected – if one…

St. John Triptych 2017

Opportunities to see the rare 17th Century St. John Family Triptych unlocked and discover the fascinating story behind it: June 4th, 11th, 18th 25th in the afternoon July 21st, 22nd & 23rd for its 402nd Birthday Sep  8th, 9th & 10th September 2017 as part of Nation Heritage Weekend. There is no charge to visit the church or see the Triptych but donations are welcomed in aid of the St….

All things bright and beautiful

An evening of music & poetry presented by Strictly Recorders and the Wentworth Voices St. Mary’s 15th July 2017  7.30pm Tickets on the door £5 in support of St. Mary’s Church Conservation Project

Wiltshire Garden History Journal Article

Following the departure of Lord Bolingbroke and with the end of the Second World War still not in sight, it was a leap of faith in 1943 for Swindon Corporation to buy Lydiard House and 147 acres of parkland as a future ‘cultural centre’. Behind the purchase would be the legendary Town Clerk, David Murray John, whose vision of a future Swindon that was more than just a railway town…

Standing room only for Lydiard festival of literature events

Swindon Literature Festival celebrated Lydiard Park this year with a series of events beginning on May 1st with a Freedom run, led by festival organiser and Heritage Trust advisor Matt Holland, and a Health Walk, led by Lydiard Park Heritage Trustee Kevin Fisher who gave about 45 people  a gentle stroll around the park, stopping a few times to provide some historical references. Afterwards fellow Trustee Sarah Finch-Crisp gave a whistle stop tour through Lydiard’s…