In 2003 I made a much briefer, and wholly inadequate, attempt to detail the development of the main buildings and drives at Lackham. By 2009 the first edition of this version was made possible because much more information has come to light. Some of this had been published in various places but it seemed a good idea to publish a new version - to tell the story of the Lackham Houses in much more detail than has previously been possible. It was hoped then that even more maps, photographs and pictures would be discovered and this has been the case. This second edition includes even more new information, particularly from the period of HB Caldwell and George Llewellyn Palmer, and even more illustrations.
(Tony Pratt, Lackham historian, 2011)
There are records for the manor of Lackham that go back to Saxon times, when it was part of Aelfstan’s lands (1). One of the richest of the Wiltshire thegns, Aelfstan of Boscombe, held over 200 hides in eight shires, of which nearly 80 lay in Wiltshire. Aelfstan enjoyed the King’s favour [Edward the Confessor] from the beginning of the reign (2).
After the Norman Conquest Aelfstan’s lands were given to William d’Eu (3) who entertained King William I and “A large gathering of the leading magnates at his Manor of Lackham” (4).
The old manor house has been described as:
"deserv[ing] a passing mention. It exhibited specimens of various periods from the Norman downwards, and presented an appearance of rude grandeur rather than the beauty of regular architectural proportion. It stood completely embosomed in woods. The great hall was hung with armour" (5).