near Swindon, Wiltshire

31st July 2016                                                    Photos by Hetty

Lydiard House and Park is owned by Swindon Borough Council

Lydiard Church has impressive monuments, as well as 15th century wall paintings

1 copy2a2b copyAfter Henry VIII became head of the Church of England, Royal coats of arms of the king or queen of the day were shown in churches.

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The Golden Cavalier 1645

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This elaborate family tree opens up, but we didn’t see inside

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This monument commemorates the 1st Baronet St John, his first and second wives, and his 13 children. It was made in 1634 – designed by the baronet and carved by Stroud sculptor Samuel Baldwin

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Also thought to be the work of Samuel Baldwin is this monument to Sir John’s eldest sister Katherine and her husband Sir Giles Mompesson

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Most of the wall paintings date from 1400-1450

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There are table top tombs in the churchyard

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In the grounds is an ice house

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The dam of the lake

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Lydiard House and the lake

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We’ll have to go back and visit the house and walled garden another day

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