Ashdown Park: Swindon’s Second Stately Home – a talk by Nicola Cornick

Ashdown HouseWednesday 25th June at 7.15pm
Swindon Central Library – 2nd Floor Reading Room

Historian and international bestselling and award-winning author of romantic historical fiction Nicola Cornick will be talking about the history of Ashdown House – the extraordinary building with the appearance of a dolls’ house that nestles in a beautiful valley on the Berkshire Downs. Nicola will also be discussing its connections with Swindon. The house was built in about 1662 by the cavalier William First Earl of Craven for Elizabeth the Winter Queen, sister of King Charles I. The house also has connections to Jane Austen and her books – in particular ‘Sense and Sensibility’.

Nicola Cornick

Nicola Cornick

As well as being a bestselling author Nicola Cornick has worked as a historical adviser for Radio and TV programmes including Landlines and the Restoration Man. She is currently writing a novel based on the history of Ashdown House and the Craven family which will be published next year by MIRA UK.

Tickets are available from all Swindon Libraries and are priced at £2.50 (£1.50 for library members). For further details contact Colin Curtis (Tel 01793 463782) or email