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The Papers of Selwyn Lloyd

Reference Code: GBR/0014/SELO

Scope and Contents

Papers comprising diaries, correspondence, financial papers, military papers, political papers, constituency correspondence, press cuttings and photographs.


  • Creation: 1800 - 1978

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

John Selwyn Brooke Lloyd was born at West Kirby on 28 July 1904, the son of John Wesley (Jack) Lloyd and Mary Rachel Warhurst. He was educated at the Leas School, Hoylake; Fettes College, Edinburgh; and Magdalene College, Cambridge. He married Elizabeth Marshall in 1951 (divorced in 1957), with whom he had one daughter. He was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn, 1930, and established a legal practice in Liverpool. He stood unsuccessfully as Liberal parliamentary candidate in Macclesfield, 1929. He concentrated on his legal career instead and served on Hoylake Urban District Council. He broke with the Liberal Party in 1931 and switched his allegiance to the Conservatives. On the outbreak of the Second World War, he was commissioned in the Royal Horse Artillery. He served on the General Staff, 1942, and was posted to the Second Army, 1943, where he was closely involved in the planning for D-Day. He sailed with his commander, Lieutenant-General Miles Dempsey, for France on D-Day. He was promoted Brigadier in March 1945 and was with the first allied forces to enter Belsen. He was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for the Wirral in 1945 and represented that constituency until 1976. He was appointed Queen's Council, 1947, and Recorder of Wigan, 1948-51. He was Minister of State in the Foreign Office, 1951-4; Minister of Supply, 1954-5; Minister of Defence, April-December 1955; Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1955-60; Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1960-2; and Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons, 1963-4. In Opposition, he was spokesman on Commonwealth affairs, 1964-6, and in the course of his duties visited New Zealand, 1965, and Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe), 1966. He was Speaker of the House of Commons, 1971-6. Having accepted a life peerage, he sat on the cross benches of the House of Lords, 1976-8. He died at his home in Oxfordshire on 17 May 1978. His publications include: "Mr Speaker, Sir" (1976) and "Suez 1956: a Personal View" (1978).


462 archive box(es)

Language of Materials



This collection has been processed over a number of years and the references reflect this. Unlike other collections A file number having many parts does not signify that they are all parts of the same file e.g. SELO 9/31A-F are not all parts of SELO 9/31 and will not all deal with the same subject.

Other Finding Aids

Copies of the collection level description and box list are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were loaned to Churchill Archives Centre by the trustees of Selwyn Lloyd's estate, 1979, and the loan was converted to a gift, 1988.


This collection level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges, September 2005, and updated by Louise King, April 2006. The collection was box listed by Marion Stewart, 1980-5, and Averil Condren, 2001. Biographical information was obtained from "Who's Who 1897-1996"; Selwyn Lloyd's obituary in "The Times", 18 May 1978; and the website of the "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". This catalogue has been retro-converted by Thomas Wales in 2020. Given the history of cataloguing with the SELO collection, the SELO reference codes are now in sequential order, but the existing file references before this were not changed to avoid confusion. So, for example, there is SELO 9/31A-F as well as SELO 9/31.


Lloyd, John Selwyn Brooke, 1904-1978, Baron Selwyn-Lloyd, politician

2005-09-02 12:21:55+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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