The Friends of Lydiard Park have launched a new website to spread the word about Swindon’s fascinating treasure trove of heritage.
For fans of the house, park and St Mary’s Church it makes for fascinating reading.
The Friends of Lydiard Park, an independent charity managed by a board of trustees, was founded in 2005, successor to the Friends of Lydiard Tregoz established in the 1960s. Both organisations have worked to raise funds and promote and support work related to the house and park.
Recent projects include the framing of two watercolours painted by Canadian war artist George Campbell Tinning in the 1950s depicting the house empty and dilapidated.
Last year the Friends paid for conservation work on two 17th Century St John family portraits, including one of Barbara St John, grandmother of Barbara, Duchess of Cleveland the notorious mistress of Charles II.
The site is full of information about the house and the St John family who owned it for 500 years.
Join the Friends and you will receive access to an extensive online archive, research reports since 1968 and the definitive guide to the unique St John polyptych in St Mary’s, written by a former vicar of the church Rev Canon Brian Carne.
Annual membership costs £10 for individuals and £18 for joint/family membership.
Pictured: Former Lydiard House curator Sophie Cummings holding a watercolour by George Campbell Tinning. Photo: Richard Wintle of calyxpix.com