The village of Lydiard Tregoz disappeared over 300 years ago and all that remains
of it is the church. Lydiard Manor House was built adjacent to the church - guide
books state a house could have been here from the Middle Ages, although the earliest
record dates from the 1700s. Today, what is left of the estate is run by Swindon
Locals now refer to the estate as Lydiard Park. The park has beautiful
and extensive grounds (some 250 acres) where you can just sit and admire the scenery,
or follow one of the trails through the woodland.
The impressive monuments to various
members of the St. John family must look as good today as they did when they were
erected. Do pick up a copy of the guide which, in its own words, sets out to attempt
to answer some of the most frequent questions that visitors ask about the church,
but it also mentions smaller, less obvious things that you might otherwise miss.
Church History and Restoration
The St John Family tryptich in St Mary’s
The Golden Cavalier
In recent years, repairs have had to be made to the historic stained glass windows,
and measures have been taken to protect them from damage, and there is now a need
to undertake extensive repairs to the structure of the building, to ensure it can
be enjoyed, and used as a place of worship by future generations.
Progress of the Restoration Project will be recorded here.