Anthony St. John is a direct descendent of Margaret Beauchamp, whose portrait takes pride of place on the famous St. John family Polyptych in St. Mary’s Church. His family owned Lydiard House and Park for over 500 years until the property was sold to Swindon Corporation in 1943. Anthony is a long standing supporter of Lydiard House and Park. He is a Trustee of the Friends of Lydiard Park and is married to St. John family historian & genealogist, Sonia St. John. Anthony graduated from Bristol University with a special honours degree in Mathematics and spent his career working in the computer industry where he specialised in medical robotics.
8 March 2017: On hearing the news that the Trust has been recommended by the bid assessment team to become the preferred bidder, Anthony said “I am in touch with other St. John relatives both in the UK and also more distant parts like California, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Those I have spoken to recently have expressed a mixture of relief that Lydiard is recommended to be saved from possible decline and excitement at the prospect of future enhancements to the collection and facilities at Lydiard Park.”