Educated at Eton and Bruce Castle. Lived at 25 Killieser Ave
In 1877, the contractors Sutton & Dudley approached Tarver to undertake a commission involving in excess of 120 individual designs in the Telford Park Estate.
At this time, the Queen Anne Revivalist movement was in full swing in its reaction to the Victorian Gothic style of design. Along with people like C A Voysey, Tarver was a leading light in this movement.
The houses that remain in Telford Park (over 90 per cent of the total) are a stunning memorial to Tarver's success in creating a uniquely harmonious development in every sense of the term. Completely at variance with the traditional style of Victorian architecture, the houses all have generous ground floor areas, plus in many cases an effective use of wide staircases and split-level to achieve variety and light.
No two houses in the estate are exactly the same: there are Dutch gables, turrets, double and single fronted versions with an astonishing range of external decoration. However, all these houses with original windows demonstrate that the linking feature of the estate is it’s distinctively Queen Annefenestration. Thus, although the estate stretches over a considerable area, taking in Telford, Criffel, Killieser, Thornton, and Sternhold Avenues and Kirkstall Road in Streatham Hill, Tarver's window layouts are always clearly recognisable.
(Lambeth Council: Telford Park Concervation area)