On the death of Richard Lloyd in 1508 his eldest son John inherited Llanforda (Gough 2009). Gough describes the Lloyds as a long established borders family. It is
assumed that Llanforda was a medium status country manor with a House at its centre (somewhere in the vicinity of the later house) and with productive gardens and orchards close around the house and fields beyond. It is likely that fishpond(s) would have been used to supplement the diet and that there would have been a mill on the river Morda to grind grain – evidence of both would have been overlaid by developments in the 1600’s.
Colonel Edward Lloyd (1609 – 1662)
Edward’s Lloyd’s grandfather; inherited Llanforda in 1634, aged 25; lived 53 years
He fought as a Royalist in the Civil War (1642 -51), returning to Llanforda in 1645. He is described as having a somewhat reckless lifestyle as a young man and spent money freely – when he died in 1662 he left debts over £8,000.00. In a letter to his mother in 1645 he wrote: ” …. I have been charged (accused) with folly for
(spending on) my gardens and walks, for my wilderness and fountain…” implying he had spent a considerable amount ‘improving’ his gardens from whatever was there before. But this tantalising scrap of information hints at a fashionable formal layout with a series of compartmented gardens.
Stamper suggests that the layout would have been in a similar style to Thomas Hanmer’s garden, as well as the gardens at Llanerch.
The assumption is that Lloyd was following fashion by laying out gardens around the house in a formal style with axial walks, formal woodland (wilderness) and ‘garden features’ such as the fountain. The layout would have overlaid the naturally folded and sloping topography (there is no evidence of major earthworks to level ground when compared to the adjacent natural landscape form) meaning that the formal lines and vistas would have largely been enclosed and inward looking with, perhaps, one or two vistas that extended to the countryside beyond.
It is possible that some of the fishponds existed during this period (as noted for the previous phase).
When Lloyd died in 1662 the gardens would have been in place for some thirty years and would have been fairly well grown.
Edward Lloyd (b.1635 d.1681)
Edward Lhuyd’s father, (lived 46 years), gardened at Llanforda for nineteen years after his father’s death. Entrepreneur, well connected, involved with the fishing
industry and probably experimented with commercial horticulture (see B.F. Roberts).
Edward Lhuyd (1659-1709)
Lhuyd was Lloyd’s (1635-1671) eldest, illegitimate son who inherited Llanforda.