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Focusing on the historic Welsh border counties of Denbigh, Montgomery, Radnor, Brecknock and Monmouth, which with the exception of Monmouthshire, are now collectively known as Powys – The Paradise of Wales (Powys Paradwys Cymru), this talk will chart all properties, monuments and land, associated with the East India Company merchants or ‘Nabobs’, from the mid-eighteenth century until the early-nineteenth century. The cross-border network established by Robert Clive, ‘Clive of India’, is of particular interest. Utilizing his contacts, Clive gained political power by purchasing properties on the Welsh borders, in Shropshire, Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Monmouthshire, culimating in the marriage of his son Edward Clive, to Henrietta Herbert, gaining the Powis title and estates.

By looking at the estates purchased, built, or renovated in the Welsh border counties by East India Company merchants, this talk aims to address issues pertaining to the lack of Welsh presence in the historiography of the British Empire. Drawing comparisons between Wales and India as English colonies, questions surrounding Welsh identity arise, particularly the ambivalent attitude adopted by the Welsh gentry towards their nationality. This disconnect arguably stems from the 1536, ‘Act of Union’ between England and Wales, which prevented Wales developing a national culture (including arts and architecture) and confined the Welsh language to working and lower middle classes. Consequently, producing a Welsh gentry and ruling elite which was almost entirely English in attitude, education, and tastes.

Eleanor Stephenson is an art historian and curator based in London. Eleanor is currently undertaking an MA at the Courtauld, researching the architectural history of the British Empire, and is working as an archivist at the Lutyens Trust in Goddards, Surrey.

The talks starts at 6.30pm. Joining details will be sent to attendees the day before.

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