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New Publication – Early Independents of Henley & Marlow

Local social and transport history of the Henley & Marlow Area

This book is the first of a series of three planned by Paul Lacey on the early independent bus and coach operators of the Thames Valley, complementing already-published works on West Berkshire and Reading. The second book will cover the Bracknell, Crowthorne and Wokingham areas and the third will cover Maidenhead.

The highly detailed and well-researched information in the book has been gathered over a period of some 50 years and much of it has been obtained 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.

This recently published book, based on many years of historical research, can be obtained directly from the author at the special offer price of £12 (cover price £15).

Paul Lacey, 17 Sparrow Close, Woosehill, Wokingham, RG41 3HT, cheques to Paul Lacey please, sent post free.

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