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Lloyd, Ridgway Robert Syers Christian Codner (DNB00)


LLOYD, RIDGWAY ROBERT SYERS CHRISTIAN CODNER (1842–1884), physician and antiquary, born at Devonport on 20 Dec. 1842, was son of Francis Brown Lloyd, a west country doctor, who afterwards took orders, by his wife Margaret, daughter of George Christian. He was educated at Bristol and Stratford-on-Avon grammar schools, and proceeded to Guy's Hospital, where he became M.R.C.S. and L.S.A. in 1866. He held the position of house-surgeon in the Peterborough Infirmary for three years, and in 1870 he bought a practice at St. Albans. He died from typhoid fever at his house in Bricket Road, St. Albans, on 1 June 1884, and was buried in the abbey churchyard; he left a widow and one son. Lloyd was a successful physician and a diligent antiquary. He studied the history of the abbey of St. Albans, and was consulted by Mr. Henry Hucks Gibbs as to the restoration of the screen. He published ‘An Account of the Altars, Monuments, and Tombs in St. Albans Abbey,’ St. Albans, 1873, 4to, a translation with notes from the ‘Annales’ of John of Amundesham. He also wrote many papers on archæological subjects, of which one on ‘The Shrines of St. Albans and St. Amphibalus’ (1872), and one on ‘The Paintings on the Choir Ceiling of St. Albans Abbey’ (1876), were published separately. He also contributed to the ‘Lancet’ and ‘British Medical Journal.’

[Medical Directory, 1884 and 1885; British Medical Journal, 21 June 1884; Hertfordshire Standard, 7 June 1884; Notes and Queries, 6th ser. ix. 480; information from the Ven. the Archdeacon of St. Albans.]

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