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The Clifton Imposter Sunday 8th August 2021 from 11:00 to 16:00- FREE EVENT

News Posted by Pete Crawford on 7 July 2021 Return to News & Events

The Clifton Impostor:

A Visit From ‘Sir Richard Smyth’ and Family 


EastEnders has the Mitchells, Bristol had the Smyths of Ashton Court.  Meet Bristol’s leading family for over 400 years when they visit Clifton village on Sunday 8 August 2021.

Performing, Hugh, Florence, Esme, Greville and Emily Smyth will grace the village with their presence, explaining how things were in ‘Clifton on the Hill’.

You will also meet ‘Sir Richard’ who lived at Clifton’s St Vincent’s Priory.  In the 1850s ‘Sir Richard’ announced he was the rightful heir to Ashton Court and told the family to get out.  The court case that followed was so famous Charles Dickens used it in one of his books.  ‘Sir Richard Smyth’ will also visit to make sure people know the truth.

The Show Of Strength Theatre Company staged THE MANSION THROUGH TIME at Ashton Court in June, an outdoor show with seven actors playing the Smyths and their staff.  On Sunday 8th August, the Smyths will be visiting Clifton to entertain and inform you.  From high born to low born, from Civil War to the Second World War, from Queen Elizabeth I to Queen Elizabeth II and Ashton Courts first resident Hugh Smyth to Esme Smyth – the last.


Sheila Hannon, Show of Strength’s Creative Producer, explains:

“Ashton Court is one of Britain’s best loved parks, but the history of the family who lived there is a hidden gem known by very few. Their stories, trials and tribulations are truly remarkable.”

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