About our Heritage
Step into St. Mary’s Church and you immediately feel its 1000 year history and the influence of the St. John family who owned Lydiard Park for 500 years up until 1943. It’s in the medieval walls, the Jacobean carved pews, the painted glass windows and spectacular family monuments.
The church holds up a mirror to view England’s wider history. Thomas Beckett’s dreadful murder is here, recorded in medieval wall paintings now being conserved. The radical church changes brought about by the Protestant Reformation saw those images as idolatry and they were painted over. The tragedy of the English Civil War is represented by Lydiard’s Golden Cavalier monument and the First World War in its Book of Remembrance.
No wonder visitors from around the world come to see St Mary’s rare treasures and to retrace the footsteps of our ancestors.