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Article by Kay Collins, 2011
Clive Wood
Clive with his model of Rushden Hall Clive with his mural
Above: Clive takes a break - painting at the Heritage Centre 2002
Clive with the model he made of Rushden Hall

Clive was born in 1939, only son of Harry William and Joan Wood, and has a sister Jen. After leaving school in 1954 he became a traditional signwriter, a trade he still carries on today. His varied interests are local history, country houses, heraldry, woodcarving, collecting, and local politics.

He was a founder member of Rushden Amenities Society and has been their secretary for 39 years, and he is a councillor. Having been involved with his friend, the late Arthur George, in the fight to save Rushden Hall, he has an excellent knowledge of the Hall and its history.

The proudest moment for Clive was in 1985, when, as Chairman of the District of East Northants he had the honour to greet Her Majesty The Queen when she visited the area to tour her local Duchy of Lancaster estate holdings. When Rushden was granted town status in 2001 he held the post of Mayor. Clive is a member of the committee running Rushden Museum, and has always tried to preserve our history. His own home is a testimony to this - having had the house built to his own style using all manner of rescued items from local properties that had been demolished. Currently Clive is re-caning an old chair, taking carving lessons, and also enjoys stewarding at Deene Park and at Rushden Museum.

Hall Park sign
William Wood (left), Clive's grandfather, made this sign.
Clive did the signwriting, and they donated it to the
Council for Rushden Hall Park.

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