This week: The Golden Cavalier
It was recently announced that St Mary’s Church, Lydiard Tregoze, Wiltshire, will receive an initial grant of £131,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the conservation of its exceptional collection of art and fittings, including this striking monument known as the Golden Cavalier, the funeral monument of Edward St John, who died in 1645. It’s one of three nationally important monuments in the church. The building also preserves the extensive remains of wall paintings and medieval and 17th-century stained glass as well as a fine collection of ironwork. This functioning parish church stands within Lydiard Park, an estate and country house managed by Swindon Borough Council. The grant will enable the church to complete its development plans and progress to applying for a full grant of £746,700 in 2017/18.