Archibald Grove 1852 to 1920
Journalist, Liberal MP, and property developer who came to Chalfont St Giles in 1902 as a promoter of Haredowns Golf Club and as the builder of Pollards Park.
Archibald Grove from the limited records available, seems to have been a forward thinking, entrepreneurial person with a charismatic personality complemented by an intellectual background. His ability to make friends of people from all classes led to him being able to pursue the many projects he conceived through to fruition. He was clearly an exponent of public relations and spin long before they became so well-known as essential parts of the art of being a politician. He always sought advancement and his career trajectory was one many politicians have followed of law, journalism and then seeking a parliamentary constituency. It is often difficult to distinguish between the facts and myths about him many of which almost certainly emanated from Grove himself. Throughout his life there are ambiguities and uncertainties that reflected his character but almost certainly demonstrated his desire to rise up the social ladder as rapidly as possible. Unfortunately it has not been possible yet to trace any living descendants or family memories so it has been necessary to rely on the press and other documentary sources.
A detailed history of his life career and family with references and a bibliography is available here as a pdf file. Life of Archibald Grove
REFERENCES. Unless otherwise specified, all references given above refer to catalogue references at the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies at Aylesbury. (County Record Office)
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