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Culliford's Travels

Here, Rob Culliford and I share our experiences with you as we create our dream community in Spain.

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Our vision and mission

1st November 2019

The Culliford Collective with its strong attachment to the family name aims to carry on a spirit of adventure that respects the individual, helps people who might feel lost, find a new sense of purpose, discover aspects of their own life and personality that might have been quashed by the weight of the modern world.


The Story behind the name, Culliford

1st November 2019

The Culliford Collective


Taking a family name steeped in adventure and history into the future through an exciting new venture in the Spanish countryside. And you’re all invited to join this next chapter.

By Robert John Culliford Salvidge.


For reasons not entirely clear, the most interesting part of my family name was not passed down to me officially. I have now reclaimed it as its always felt its important. 


My father was William John Culliford Salvidge and I suspect that a curious name such as Culliford was not fashionable when I was born in the rocking 1950’s, so I just inherited John as a middle name. Now the triangle has been squared and we’re all back together again. 


The Cullifords and Salvidges, from a small core back in the mists of time in the rural west country of England ,have spawned a fair few outlandish adventurers and so it continues to this day. 


You might say “what’s in a name?” but in fact traditionally our names contained as much information about who we were, what we did, how we might move through the world as our mobile devices do today. Without them we are nobody. 


Cullifords and Salvidges have been pirates, MP,s, explorers, adventurers, survivors, creators. What will you be?


Just a few Culliford/Salvidge thumbnails


The Culliford name first comes to prominence in reliable records in the 13th century as a land-owning family with manorial titles in the English county of Devon.

The Salvidges appear to have had some prominence as land holders in Somerset during the 19th century and the two names become linked through several generations around this time.


Henry Clifford Ashman, known both as ‘Henry’ and ‘Clifford’, was born at Beacon Farm, Doulting, Somerset, England, in 1888, the son of Henry Giles and Sarah Culliford Ashman (née Salvidge). On the 17th February 1909, he left London on board the Marathon, and six weeks later arrived in Brisbane, Australia. 


After four years living and working at the Bingera Plantation, Henry decided to move on, and on the 12th January 1914, he arrived in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. From there, he went to Montana, where he found work as a miner.


In the spring of 1915, he decided to return to Somerset to help his father work the family farm. He boarded the Lusitania as a third-class passenger in New York, on 1st May 1915.


Six days later off the south coast of Ireland the liner was torpedoed by a German U boat and sunk. More than 1,000 passengers perished, Clifford was one of the 764 survivors, he was 27. He made it back to Somerset and seems to have embarked on no further adventures, he died in Thornbury in 1968.


Robert Culliford (22 February 1617– 1698) was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1660 to 1679. During the English Civil War his actions were mainly directed at safeguarding his property and cattle as he helped the Royalists capture Wareham in 1644


Culliford died at the age of 70 and was buried at Corfe Castle on 10 February 1698

Sir Archibald Tutton James Salvidge (5 August 1863 – 11 December 1928) was an English politician who enjoyed success as a brewer and rose through the ranks of the conservative party in Liverpool to become the cities leader. There was much poverty after the first world war and a great boost to the economy came about through Sir Archibald’s bold new Queensway Tunnel under the Mersey. 


He secured political dominance of the Conservative party through working men’s conservative associations, which required members to be sound Protestants. This ensured dominance over the large Irish Catholic population in the city and a strong sectarianism which survived for many decades. He was also instrumental in the rehabilitation of Winston Churchill into mainstream Conservative Politics which would eventually lead to him becoming Britain wartime leader. His nickname The King of Liverpool stuck till his death which was covered by Pathe News. 


Robert Culliford probably born around 1666 maybe in Cornwall was an English Pirate best known for sailing with and checking some of the excesses of Captain William Kidd Culliford and Kidd first met as shipmates aboard the French privateer Sainte Rose in 1689; there were only six other Britons aboard. 


Kidd, Culliford, and their British comrades mutinied against a French prize crew, taking the ship from French Captain Jean Fantin and renaming it the Blessed William, with Kidd put in command. But in February, 1690, Culliford led his own mutiny and deprived Kidd of his command. 


Culliford’s stronghold was at St Marys Island off the coast of Madagascar, where he was eventually discovered and arrested by the British Navy. He was saved from being hanged because he gave evidence in a trail against another of Kidds associates, Samuel Burgess.

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January 15, 2019

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