Edwards family

Sir Clive Edwards moved to Milntown in 1963, with his mother Lady Kathleen Edwards and his lifetime friend Bob Thomas. They spent a considerable amount of time and money improving the Milntown Estate including renovating the water wheel of the corn mill that gives the estate its name.

In 1922 at the age of 6, Sir Clive became the youngest baronet in Britain when he inherited the title, Edwards of Treforis, on the death of his father, Sir John Bryn Edwards. Sir John had been created a Baronet as a result of his involvement in the tin plate industry in Swansea during World War 1. Lady Kathleen Edwards never remarried and died in Ramsey Cottage Hospital in 1975.

Sir Clive had a lifelong interest in motor sport and raced at Brooklands during the years following the Second World War. He also collected vintage and sports cars; two of which he still owned when he died – a 1904 Delage and a 1900 New Orleans which he entered several times in the London to Brighton Run. Both Sir Clive and Bob Thomas developed a keen interest in the vintage motor scene on the Isle of Man.

On his death in 1999 Sir Clive bequeathed his Estate to the Milntown Trust. A bronze plaque on the wall of the Milntown Mansion House quotes a passage from his will:

'Impressed by the kindness of the Manx people, it is my desire that my estate of Milntown and its grounds should be maintained as a place of historical interest for the benefit of the public.'