Lyveden Reconnected Project

Looking at the rear of the Manor House at Lyveden

What is Lyveden Reconnected?

Lyveden is the enduring realisation of one man’s belief and commitment against the odds in Elizabethan England. Rocked by dramatic changes in English society and threatened by persecution for persisting in his personal belief, Sir Thomas Tresham designed his symbolic landscape and garden lodge to stand in testament of his faith.

The aim of the Lyveden Reconnected project is to incorporating the Manor building and surrounding grounds into the future experience of the site. The Manor will give us the space to tell the story of Tresham and let visitors explore the site as Tresham intended. It will also create space for new visitor facilities and a larger café.

By sympathetically reconnecting the manor grounds to the historical landscape and making the manor a part of Lyveden again for the first time in 300 years, the project will enable visitors to explore and enjoy the unique and unspoiled Elizabethan garden as Sir Thomas intended.

Lyveden from the air
Aerial view of Lyveden
Lyveden from the air

The Lyveden Reconnected project will enable us to delve deeper into how and why Sir Thomas Tresham created the garden and lodge at Lyveden, and to explore the relevance of his story in our modern world. By opening up new interpretation spaces in the manor for visitors to enjoy, we will be able to explore the history of the landscape and offer you space to reflect and connect to the story of Lyveden.

View of Lyveden manor from the gardens

Looking after Lyveden 

Find out how your support will shape the future at Lyveden, through the Reconnected project.

Latest updates

02 Sep 19

Car Park

Our archaeologists are onsite as the topsoil from the new car park is dug up. So far finds have included Lyveden pottery. The soil taken up is being transferred to a small compound in the current car park at the top of the site. Here is will then be used to restore this area to the natural wildflower meadows surrounding it.

29 Jul 19

Construction phase

Contractors have begun work in the kitchen of the manor. This will include taking out the current raised floor, putting in a new entrance to the outdoor seating area and beginning work on the new visitor toilets.

10 Jul 19

Beginning work

Work will be starting onsite soon for the first stages of Lyveden Reconnected. From Monday 15th July the building we will have a temporary site compound for the builders to use as a base as we get ready to embark on the project. We expect the compound to be in place until spring 2020. The compound will be located at the manor building and temporary fencing will be constructed around the site for safety reasons.

View of the Manor House at Lyveden