Lydiard talk on local ties with royal Tudor dynasty

By Barrie Hudson - 7 September 2023

Arts and Culture
  • Margaret, Baroness Beauchamp

    Margaret, Baroness Beauchamp

The next historical talk Lydiard Park Hotel and Conference Centre has been announced.

On Sunday, 15 October starting at 2.30pm, historian Sonia St John will deliver Margaret Beauchamp,

Baroness and 15th Century Matriarch.

Margaret, Baroness Beauchamp (c1409–1482) gifted Lydiard to her second son Oliver St John, and through her second marriage to John Beaufort 1st Duke of Somerset, provided the St Johns with a blood link to the royal Tudor dynasty.

Margaret is celebrated in the extraordinary St John family polyptych - a series of artworks - in St Mary’s Church, Lydiard Tregoze; her portrait is awarded pride of place, befitting the grandmother of King Henry VII.

Sonia St. John will trace Margaret’s remarkable vocation and achievements, not least her ensuring that all her children were well placed to survive and prosper during the War of the Roses.

Sonia’s talk, which will include a surprise ‘unveiling’, will be followed by afternoon tea.

Further information, including booking details, can be found at 


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