Early Independents of the Henley & Marlow Area
Speaker: Paul Lacey
Tue, 12 Oct 2021
About the lecture:
Paul has gathered highly detailed and well-researched information in the book over a period of some 50 years, and much of it from primary sources. This information is enlivened by anecdotes about the individuals who operated these services and is accompanied by many photographs of the vehicles they used, often in local settings.
Most of the motor services arose in the period shortly before the First World War from horse-drawn operations, although the War itself naturally slowed their development. In the 1920s and 1930s, there was a considerable expansion in their activity, especially in connecting the outlying villages with the larger towns and in providing leisure excursions, greatly enhancing the mobility of the less prosperous inhabitants.
Paul Lacey has had careers in print and design and was latterly for 10 years Home to School Transport Officer for the Wokingham District, prior to his retirement a decade ago. His researches into the local bus and coach operators of the Thames Valley area started in 1968, after the usual apprenticeship as a bus-spotter.