• Great Dixter, 1910
    Photograph by Michael Edwards

What we do

Britain’s architectural heritage is one of the nation’s greatest assets and Sir Edwin Lutyens OM gave us some of our most beautiful country houses, public buildings and war memorials. Lutyens was also prolific abroad and designed Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, Thiepval Arch on the Somme, the British Embassy in Washington DC and many other distinguished buildings.

The Lutyens Trust is a charity dedicated to preserving and promoting the spirit and substance of Lutyens heritage. Our intervention and influence has helped protect many Lutyens buildings from harm. We are developing the first comprehensive on-line Gazetteer of Lutyens works which will soon be made accessible to the public. We arrange for our members tours of private houses as well as an annual study week at our own Lutyens house, Goddards in Surrey.  There is much to be done so please consider joining us to support this ongoing work.

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A Lutyens Christmas Carol

Oxford awarded Edwin Lutyens an honorary Doctor of Law degree on 1934. They sang a witty verse: adapted here by The Shady Pines to wish you a Merry Christmas.

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About

The Shady Pines are a choir based in Hastings, East Sussex.

In October 2016 they contributed to a project as part of the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, in partnership with artist Alice Mallet, whose family home is Le Bois des Moutiers in Normandy. They are also great fans of Great Dixter and were therefore very happy to record this carol for The Lutyens Trust.

Footnote:

1. In his biography of EL, Christopher Hussey relates: “In 1934, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Law at Oxford. After a rehearsal of his merits by the Public Orator, a witty verse (the bit in italics above) was sung to the tune of Good King Wenceslas.”     

2. The sweet voiced Shady Pines, who sing the carol for you today, added the last verse in honour of The Lutyens Trust and its members.             

3. * Reilly was presumably Charles Herbert Reilly, architect and architectural commentator of the period.

A Merry Christmas from everyone at The Lutyens Trust!

Click on the image (above) to view the video.