The Craven Family

Local historian and author Clive Williams, traces the rise of the Craven family in the Tudor period through subsequent centuries in which they amassed titles and enormous wealth, not to mention extensive landholdings in Berkshire and throughout the country.
This rags-to-riches story turned in the twentieth century, when a succession of premature deaths and misfortune stripped the family of much of its wealth.
Today, the ninth earl does not even use his title.

Clive Williams OBE, formerly chief architect of Berkshire County Council, began his research in 1987 and travelled extensively in pursuit of what he admits became an obsession. The result is a richly illustrated and lively account, mostly from primary sources.


This talk is free to members of Berkshire Family History Society but we request a donation of £5 from non-members.


Wed 13 Mar


14:00 - 16:00


West Berkshire Museum
West Berkshire Museum
The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5AS


Newbury Branch - Berkshire FHS


  • Clive Williams OBE
    Clive Williams OBE

    Clive Williams currently chairs three Berkshire based charities and is secretary of two others. He was awarded the OBE for services to the Berkshire community in 1998. History has always been a passion and in 1994, he wrote “History of the Parish of Basildon” with a second edition appearing in 2004. He has followed that with “The Nabobs of Berkshire” and most recently “Shire Hall through the Looking Glass”. He is also a keen sportsman, playing tennis and enjoying rambling throughout the year.