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Lydiard Tregoze

Lydiard Park

Lydiard Park Date Photo Taken 19th Cent.
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Lydiard Park House is Palladian in style. An inscription in the attic records that it was re-built by John, Viscount St. John in 1743. This is only partially true as sections from an earlier age can be seen at the back of the house. The building is re-modelled on a late medieval plan, extensively altered and extended in the 17th century. To the west, a kitchen wing was added in the mid 19th century. Traces of three avenues of trees planted around 1700 remain, and a small lake and fishpond existed in 1743.

The empty house was derelict when it was purchased by Swindon Corporation in 1943. Re-furbishing is on-going with St. John family portraits brought back, and one of the few original items remaining was a bust of Henry St. John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke. Just one ceiling in the house is in the Rococo style.

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