This week: The Golden Cav­a­lier

Country Life Every Week - - Athena -

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.

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