Places to Visit

Lawrence’s family life and service career took him far and wide around the British Isles. The following pages are intended as a brief introduction to some of the places where he lived or spent time.

Lawrence family homes

TremadogA life continually on the move meant it was not until the Lawrence family settled in
Oxford that young Ned had an established home. Learn more about the places they lived in the early years, and the family
circumstances that kept them moving on
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Oxford

PlaqueIn the historic city of Oxford, where Lawrence went to school and university,
it is still possible –at least in parts – to dip into the world which he knew so well
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Pole Hill

PoleHillOn these 18 acres of land in Epping
Forest, Lawrence and his friend Vyvyan Richards dreamed of building a medieval-
style hall where they could print fine
books in the style of William Morris
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London

LondonLawrence is usually associated with
Oxford and Dorset, yet it was to London that he kept returning. He worked at the War Office and Colonial Office, and wrote the Oxford Text of Seven Pillars of Wisdom
in an attic room in Westminster
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Dorset

DorsetLawrence came to know this area when he served at Bovington Camp in the 1920s. Here he bought his beloved cottage, Clouds Hill, where he entertained his
many friends. He is buried at Moreton
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Cranwell and Lincoln

GeorgeVAfter Lawrence re-entered the RAF
in 1925, he served at the Cadet College
in Cranwell. Here he completed the
Subscribers’ Edition of Seven Pillars
of Wisdom
and raced his Brough Superior against a Bristol Fighter aircraft
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Plymouth

MountBattenMemorialLawrence’s posting to the flying boat unit at RAF Mount Batten was truly his ‘golden reign’ and a further turning point
in his career when a tragic flying accident convinced him of the need to develop high-speed rescue launches for the RAF
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Southampton and Hythe

HytheThe Lawrence family lived close to South-
ampton Water during part of his childhood, and he returned to the area in 1929 while helping to organise the Schneider Trophy race, and in the 1930s while working on high-speed motor-boats for the RAF
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Bridlington

BridlingtonThe last few weeks of Lawrence’s
service career were spent working on
RAF motor-boats at Bridlington
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