On the 29th June 2017, I decided I would take a trip out to Ripley so I could explore the village Eric Clapton was born in and visit his son ‘Conor’ grave.
I took the Victoria line tube out to Vauxhall. From there I paid £17 for a return ticket to London Road Station near Guilford. It took over and hour to get down there. If I was smart enough I could have saved big bucks and brought my ticket online.
To get out to Ripley you take the 715 bus that leaves not far from the station. It only comes once an hour so you need to be ready and waiting for this bus. A return ticket will cost £6
The bus will stop outside of
Saint Mary Magdalen Church Ripley. This famous church goes back to the 12th century. Eric Clapton married his current wife Melia McEnery in 2002 and its where the young Conor Clapton was buried in 1991.
Conor Clapton life and death gave inspiration for his Rock and Roll father to write song such as “My Fathers Eyes” and “Tears in Heaven”. When Eric looked in his son Conor eyes, he saw the eyes of his Canadian Father who he never got to meet.
I left some flowers for Conor. Conor was only a few months younger than me. It’s painful that Conor never got to grow up and realise who his father was.
While in Ripley I found the location where the medicine penicillin was first invented