Lydiard House is a beautiful, Georgian stately home which was redeveloped in the 1740s. The work was commissioned by John, 2nd Viscount Bolingbroke thanks to the wealth of his wife, Anne Furnese.
Lydiard House is a Palladian mansion, with symmetrical details, a grand entrance and lots of details inspired by classical architecture. These include the elaborate pediment on the front of the house, the corner towers and the detail seen around the windows on the ground floor.
Fine Georgian design can be seen throughout the state rooms, which have stunning plasterwork and fireplaces. The grand hall is decorated with plaster busts, a high ceiling and intricate plaster moulding. Elsewhere, visitors can see original marble fireplaces, pier glasses and an incredible library from the 1700s.
Within the State Rooms, there are portraits of many members of the St John family, including John and Anne. John’s half-brother Henry 1st Viscount Bolingbroke was a famous Tory politician, and features in numerous paintings and a marble bust carved by Michael Rysbraek.
John 2nd Viscount St John