Lydiard House, Autumn 2015

Tizz07

Swindon, United Kingdom

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Lydiard House is a Grade I listed Georgian stately home in Swindon, Wiltshire, which was redeveloped in the 1740s. The work was commissioned by John, 2nd Viscount Bolingbroke. In 1943, Lydiard Park was requisitioned by the military. At the same time, the St John family decided to leave their ancestral home, and the estate was sold to Swindon Corporation for £4,500.

Lydiard Park served as a large station hospital for the American 101st Airborne Division, and treated casualties from the D Day Landings.

From 1943, the American hospital became a Prisoner of War hospital, and housed up to 200 German Prisoners of War at a time.

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