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Sir William Malesbury Letts

(1873-1957), Pioneer of the British Motor Trade and Co-Founder of the Automobile Association

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Sir William Malesbury Letts

by Lafayette
whole-plate film negative, 28 September 1929
NPG x69800

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Sir William Malesbury Letts

by Lafayette
whole-plate film negative, 28 September 1929
NPG x69801

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David M Noble D O B 13th March 1938

11 June 2022, 16:44

Sir William Letts was my great uncle and I have the portrait in my home which was passed on to me by his beneficiaries. . I was evacuated in WW11 with my mother to Eyrl Fryn for a period and some years ago I visited the house which I believe is a care home and I was astonished to recognise the souvenirs and relics from abroad that I remember as a child. I understand he lived in Muswell Hill for a time and I would meet him when he visited my grandmother, his sister. I also visited his grave the headstone of which was a huge stone car wheel which no doubt reflected his motoring life. Information regarding his idea to protect motorists from police traps can be found in the book 'This Motoring' by Stenson Cooke.

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