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POSTPONED Sonia St John on “Margaret Baroness Beauchamp – a 15th Century Matriarch”

14th March 2020
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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 in St. Mary’s Church, Lydiard Tregoze; her portrait is awarded pride of place, befitting the grandmother of King Henry VII.  Historian Sonia St. John traces 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.

This talk is part of a programme of talks organised by the Friends of Lydiard Park which complement the St. Mary’s Church Conservation Project.


  • £8 (General Admission)
  • £6 (Friends of Lydiard Park)
  • FREE entry for St. Mary’s Church Volunteers