21 Mar Will the Real Clive of India Please Stand up?
Understanding The Man Who Did More Than Any Other in Creating The British Empire
Clive’s London Connections
A Journey To Shropshire To Meet The Young Clive…
Styche Hall, Clive’s birthplace
Moreton Say village ; Saint Margaret’s Church
The Baptismal Font Where Robert Clive was Baptized as a Baby, on October 2, 1725
Market Drayton; the trailer for what Clive was to become!
Stories of Clive’s wild-child antics still abound in his teenage stomping ground. I am shown the grotesquely carved gargoyles, perched along the church’s roof at least fifty feet from the ground, which Clive had climbed and sat on to show off his fearless bravado to anxious school-mates.
A Very English Toast For Kolkata
Kolkata On Tap: Clive’s Exploits in Bengal Celebrated With a Local Lager
How to get here:
Market Drayton is a three hour drive from London, most of it along modern motorways (either M40 or M1) and the last half-hour on smaller country roads (A442).
The three small towns/villages of interest to visit – Market Drayton, Moreton Say and Hodnet – are all within a few miles of each other.
I drove up on day1, stayed overnight at the Bears Inn at Hodnet (excellent), completed all my visits and drove back in the afternoon of day2, to be back in London by the evening.
- “The life of Robert Lord Clive”. By Sir John Malcolm. Published by John Murray, London, 2002
- “Treasures from India; the Clive collection from Powis castle”. By Mildred Archer, Christopher Rowell, Robert Skelton. Published by the Herbert Press and National Trust
- “Powis Castle” publication by the National Trust
- “Robert Clive”. By Richard Garrett. Published by Arthur Barker Ltd, London, 2019