This important book is more than simply a valuable reference work, it contains a message that shocks, and almost every one of the 356 buildings depicted either no longer exists, or is in a severely ruinous state. According to a brief survey, the situation has only improved for approximately twenty of the smaller properties since. In addition, there are more buildings of value in Wales not included in Thomas Lloyd's survey. Compare this, for example, with France, Germany, or other countries, or even England, where such buildings are given much greater consideration for their historical or aesthetic value, and of course tourist potential. There is no denying even buildings have to earn their way.
There is also no denying a similar tale may be told of other places. It does seem though, that Wales has lost a greater proportion of notable houses, and the situation has not been recognized until recently. Compare the numbers and quality of properties in the care of the National Trust in England and Scotland with Wales. Organisations such as SAVE Britain's Heritage would concur. In publishing `The Lost Houses of Wales' their aim was three-fold. Create a permanent record of what has been lost, demonstrate that Wales has (or had) an architectural heritage of greater merit than previously realised, and to encourage a greater awareness of the need to conserve what is left.Thomas Lloyd himself describes it as an appalling catalogue of destruction.
A personal note: since it is near impossible to obtain this book, and indeed benefit from the picture twenty-five years later, a new edition would be very welcome, not to say profitable.