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Troyte Griffith: Malvern Architect and Elgar's Friend

Troyte Griffith: Malvern Architect and Elgar's Friend
This book is a biography of the Malvern architect Arthur Troyte Griffith.
Over 90 colour and B&W illustrations, including Troyte Griffith's delightful watercolours of the landscape and some of his architectural plans.
"Troyte's life and work is meticulously and loving detailed in a new book by Jeremy M. Hardie, who himself lives in a Troyte-designed house in Malvern.
The volume is a delight, with its many photographs and sketches, the latter by Troyte himself.
It provides an unexpected insight into one of the most endearing Enigma Variations." - Christopher Morley
"The book is beautifully produced, with a wealth of illustrative material, both pictorial and in terms of correspondence.
The organisation is effective and helpful, dividing Troyte’s life into its various strands and themes.
In his professional life an eminent scientist, Professor Hardie writes with elegance, yet 
communicates clearly, and analyses his subject with cool but perceptive detachment." - The Harrovian

Prof. Jeremy Hardie

Jeremy's latest project is a book about Eric Midwinter, co-founder of the University of the Third Age (U3A)
Educated at Harrow School and Oriel College Oxford, Troyte came to Malvern in 1896 to work as an architect and remained until his death in 1942.
He designed the Toposcope on the Worcestershire Beacon, All Saints Church in Lower Wyche and a number of local houses.
He was also an accomplished watercolour painter, designer and a skilled chess player.
Perhaps his greatest claim to fame was his long and close friendship with Sir Edward Elgar, with whom he helped to found and run the Malvern Concert Club.
He was immortalised as Variation VII ("Troyte") in Elgar's Enigma Variations.
Arthur Troyte Griffith
Arthur Troyte Griffith
(middle name was his mother’s maiden name: Harriet Dyke Troyte)
19th June 1864 - 17th Jan 1942
(77 years)
By Julian Rushton
Enigma Variation VII "Troyte"
(The variation focuses on Troyte's limited abilities as a pianist)
Malvern Hills
The Malvern Hills, Worcestershire
Home of Edward Elgar and Arthur Troyte Griffith
(Malvern Civic Society)
(and famous people having associations with the town)
Troyte Griffith: Malvern Architect and Elgar’s Friend
by Jeremy M Hardie
Published by Aspect Design, Malvern, Worcestershire