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LOVEGROVE , EDWIN WILLIAM ( 1868 - 1956 ), schoolmaster and an authority on Gothic architecture ;

b. in the first half of 1868 , eldest son of Edwin Lovegrove , curate of Woodside , Horsforth near Leeds , and his wife. He was educated at Merchant Taylor's School , Crosby and was a scholar of New College , Oxford , where he graduated with first-class honours in Mathematics. He taught at Giggleswick, Yorks. , Friars School , Bangor and Trent College before becoming headmaster of schools at Clee , Grimsby ; Stamford ; and Ruthin , 1913-30 . He m. (1), 1899 , Septima Jane Roberts (d. 30 Apr. 1928 ), sister of William Rhys Roberts ( DWB , 885-6) , and they had a son, Wynne , who fell at Dunkirk , and two daughters. He m. (2), Kathleen Agnes Sanders . After retiring he lived at St. Asaph , 1930-31 ; Chipping Campden , 1932-41 ; Abergavenny , 1942-45 ; and at Fownhope , Herefordshire until he d., 11 March 1956 .

He was a valuable member of the Cambrian Archaeological Soc. ( 1913-56 ), and of other archaeological societies. He took a keen interest in architecture and became an authority on the Gothic architecture of cathedrals and abbeys . He gave lectures on the topic and published his numerous detailed studies in journals such as Arch. Camb. , 1921-47 ; Arch. Jnl. ; Journal of the British Archaeological Association ; Bristol and Gloucestershire Transactions . Among the buildings he studied were the cathedrals of St. Asaph , St. David's and Llandaff ; Valle Crucis abbey , Llanthony priory , and Rhuddlan friary .

Sources:

  • The Biographical Index of W.W. Price, Aberdâr (at the National Library of Wales and Aberdare Public Library) ;
  • Who was who? .

Author:

Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001