A brief History of the Lloyd Family

My great grandfather Samuel Lloyd 1827-1918 seen above with his twelve chidren, 10 girls and 2 boys, outside the family home Farm in Sparkbrook, Birmingham. He was the grandson of Sampson Lloyd, founder of Lloyds Bank.

Samuel Lloyd founder of steel makers Stewarts & Lloyds

Samuel Lloyd founded the steel business Lloyd and Lloyd Ltd in Birmingham in 1859. The company became one of the largest manufacturers of steel in the 19th century. My grandmother Daisy and my grandfather Samuel Janson Lloyd standing third and fourth from the right in the photograph moved to Northamptonshire, finally settling in a village called Brigstock near Corby. By now the steel business was flourishing in Corby. The company had merged with the Glasgow steel maker A&J Stewart and Menzies Ltd becoming Stewarts & Lloyds. The story goes that Lloyds Ironstone had the iron ore in Northamptonshire and Stewarts had the work force in Glasgow, the consequence of which was that lots of Scots came down with their families and settled in Northamptonshire to work in the steel industry, hence the Corby nickname of ‘Little Scotland’.

Samuel Janson Lloyd 1870-1944

Samuel Janson took over the firm in 1918 on the death of his father and in 1923 he moved the family to Pipewell Hall not far from Corby where I was born in 1946.

Pipewell Hall in the 1930s

My father, one of 13 children, was born in 1910. He was a bit of a rebel and never really settled into the steel business. His passions were flying and rifle making. He was a controller in the Battle of Britain stationed at Tangmere in Sussex and had amassed an extraordinary 2900 hours of flying time by the outbreak of war. Achieved in many different types of aircraft. He used to fly to work in a Comper Swift he kept in a field at Pipewell to Castle Bromwich on a daily basis in the 1930s. His original aeroplane has been restored and is on display at the RAF Museum Cosford.

DLL with his Comper Swift G-ACGL on his "landing strip" at Pipewell in 1932

After the war he bought a pillar box red tiger moth which he continued to fly in the summer months up until the age of 70. He was reprimanded on one occasion for swooping down on Pitsford Resevoir to join the brightly coloured sailng boats. News of this escapade had reached Sywell even before he returned to the aerodrome. So, on the way home he drove by Pitsford to apologise in person to the sailing club. Much to his surprise they were delighted with his aerobatics and invited him in for a drink ! David Lloyd's Flying Memorabilia"

DLL at Sywell Aerodrome with his Tiger Moth G-AIXD in August 1979 

His other passion was deer stalking and the manufacture of deer stalking rifles for which he was world-renowned. The David Lloyd .244 magnum rifle was rated number 8 in the all time list of rifles by the Shooting Times in 1996. The AK47 Kalashnikov was voted number 7.  The .244 went out of production in the 1970s and David Lloyd continued ro produce rifles in different calibres. He died in 1996 and my mum carried on the rifle business until her death in 2003.

.25-06 Magnmum David Lloyd Stalking Rifle


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