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Lydiard House, Swindon, Wiltshire



These photographs have been taken over a number of years as we have visited Lydiard Park.  The House is pleasing to the eye with its symmetry and warm honey coloured stone and its setting in beautiful parkland.  It is Grade I listed - information about the listing can be seen at the:  British Listed Buildings  website.

The House is open to the public throughout the week where the ground floor rooms, (those that have been extensively renovated), can be viewed.  The 'behind the scenes' staff have done an incredible job in the restoration - it has many interesting and beautiful objects and is furnished by someone with an eye for detail.  You can imagine the House being occupied by the St. Johns - almost hear the maids chatting and the cleaners being industrious whilst the family sit in the drawing room discussing topics of the day.

But this isn't just a house to look at!  There are frequent activities, such as making traditional Christmas decorations, and fun things for children to do (so they don't notice they are learning).  Our most memorable visit was when a string quartet were performing - this transporting us out of the 1990s and back to a bygone era.  Simply enchanting.

The St. John Family Home
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The St. John family's mansion house in Lydiard Park
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The front of the building
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Window on the ground floor
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Carving around window
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The house's main entrance
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Capitals either side of the door
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Stonework on the edge of the building
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Looking across to an archway
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Archway through to side entrance (and admission to the house)
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Bird under archway
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Looking up to the top of the front of the house
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The St. John family crest
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"Sanctus In Terra Beatus In Coelo"
Holy on earth, blessed in heaven
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Mandy's family visiting in 1978
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View from the south
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Notice how close the house is to St. Mary's church
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The back of the house
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This one taken 7 years later
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The back of the house taken from the churchyard
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Through gates to the courtyard at the side of the house
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Looking back at the gates
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Function room of the Conference Centre
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This tree and circle has now gone
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This part is to the left of the front of the building
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A downpipe for drainage ...
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... embossed with the St. John eagle
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The visitor entrance
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Before the visitor entrance porch was built
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House opening details from 2004 - for current opening times go to:  Open Times.
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