The summer edition of Swindon Heritage, published on 24 May, turns the spotlight on Lydiard House.
The magazine, which continues to go from strength to strength and has now reached its sixth edition, features Lydiard House heiress Frances Winchcombe on the cover and tells her tragic story.
It also delves into the history of the house that was bought for the people of Swindon in 1943.
Chief writer Frances Bevan, who is an expert on the history of the Lydiard estate, said: “There has been a lot of controversy about the future of the park recently, and we felt the plight of the house, which is Grade I Listed, was being lost in political squabbling.
“Many people in Swindon don’t appreciate what a jewel the house, the park and St Mary’s Church is.
“The story behind the purchase of it is also sometimes mis-understood, so we are putting the record straight.
“It was an extraordinary act of vision by one man in particular, Francis Akers,a former mayor and alderman, that saved it. Few people have ever left a town such a fantastic legacy.
“We think it’s a good example of needing to understand local history and heritage before you can make decisions about its future.”
The summer edition, available from Central Library and Pen & Paper bookshop, Victoria Road, Old Town will also feature a study of the farms of West Swindon, a fascinating selection of letters sent home from the Boer War, and a look at the manufacture of Spitfires at South Marston.
Find out how to subscribe at www.swindonheritage.com