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Nathaniel Lloyd: the English house and brickwork

Historic EnglandNathaniel Lloyd OBE (1867-1933) founded the firm of Nathaniel Lloyd & Co, Lithographic Printers. He subsequently became joint managing director of the Star Bleaching Co, which he sold in 1912. In his middle age he studied architecture under Sir Edwin Lutyens, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1931.

Nathaniel Lloyd followed his interests in architecture, especially the evolution of the English house and brickwork, publishing a number of books: Building Craftsmanship in Brick and Tile and in Stone Slates (1929), A History of the English House (1931), and A History of English Brickwork (1934). He also had a keen interest in topiary, with Garden Craftsmanship in Yew and Box being published posthumously in 1995.

Nathaniel Lloyd used photography extensively in his research, illustrating his own publications. In 1998 his collection of over 3,500 glass plate negatives was transferred to the NMR and is now available online. This focuses on the South-East of England, particularly East Sussex and Kent, but includes wide national coverage. Over half the photographs show architectural details.

In 1910 he purchased Great Dixter, a large timber framed manor house of circa 1460 in Northiam, East Sussex, as a family home. Today Great Dixter is noted as a centre of garden design.

Author: English Heritage

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