Wiltshire

Meet the Liddiards: Reunion of 150 family members

Liddiard family reunion
Image caption Some of the family members gathered for a photo on the village green in Aldbourne

More than 150 people gathered for an extended family reunion in a village where many of their ancestors lived.

Organiser, Karen Rogers, whose maiden name was Liddiard, organised the event after researching her family tree for over 20 years.

The Liddiards married into the Seymour family, whose descendents included Jane Seymour the third wife of Henry VIII.

Parish records for Aldbourne, Wiltshire show from 1625 until 1925, more than 900 Liddiards had lived in the village.

'Wealthy family'

Mrs Rogers has traced the origins of her family to Rockley near Marlborough in the 15th Century.

The family was concentrated in Ogbourne St Andrew and Aldbourne in the centuries that followed.

"The Liddiards were quite a wealthy family, they actually owned Rockley Manor for a time," she said.

"They're the family that we can trace without a broken line from 1453 till today and one of their descendents will be coming along," added Mrs Rogers.

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Image caption The Liddiard family married into the Seymour family, whose descendents include Jane Seymour third wife of Henry VIII
Image caption An exhibition of the family tree and photos were on display - this one was taken around 1911 of Frederick Leonard Liddiard (far right) at the Aldbourne Forge

From the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries the family spread across England and its colonies.

Kelvin Derek Lydiard and his wife Jacqueline travelled from Perth, Australia for the event.

Mr Lydiard said: "It's a really mind-boggling experience just to meet other family members who have stayed in England and around the local area.

"Where we come from, there aren't many at all."

His wife Jacqueline added: "It's quite spooky as we walked on to the green and I thought Oh my God he looks like my husband. It's just amazing.

"Even one of the wives said, 'your husband looks like my husband'."

Image caption A number of events were held around the village including a church service

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