Open House London

  • 23 September 2018
  • 14:00
  • Free, drop in


A guided tour exploring the fascinating Grade II* Georgian building and revealing the story of its famous residents including William Morris and the publisher Edward Lloyd (1815-1890).

Lloyd made his fortune from publishing 'Penny Dreadfuls', cheap semi-plagiarisms of Dickens's novels, and bloodthirsty melodramas. Long before Bram Stoker's Dracula, Lloyd published Varney the Vampire, or the Feast of Blood, the first such story to appear in England. Lloyd is said to have insisted to one of his illustrators: 'There must be blood, much more blood...'. Lloyd lived in the house with his large family until 1885. His son Frank eventually donated the house and grounds to Walthamstow and 'Lloyd Park' was opened to the public in July 1900.