Friday, 18 August 2017

More memories of enduring removals firm

OLIVER MILES recognised the photograph I published two weeks ago of a white horse used by Henley furniture removals firm

OLIVER MILES recognised the photograph I published two weeks ago of a white horse used by Henley furniture removals firm H Wilkins & Sons more than 100 years ago.

The picture was sent to me by Maurice Wilkins, from Oban, who had found it in a collection of photos belonging to his later grandfather, Frank Wilkins (son of Henry), who ran the business in the early part of the last century.

Oliver is the third generation of his family to run the business, which is now known as Wilkins (Henley) Ltd and looked out this picture from the firm’s collection.

“It may be the same person and horse,” he says. “They both look very similar! It would be very interesting to hear from Maurice if he has any other photos. I have collected quite a few photos from the past which probably would be from his forefathers’ era.”

Oliver believes this picture was taken on land behind the old police houses in Reading Road, next to Park Road/Grove Road, but he says he doesn’t recognise the location in Maurice’s photo. However, Maurice has been back in touch to say: “I have had a call from a friend in Henley who thought it might have been taken in what was once called Water Works Lane, just off Deanfield Avenue. This would certainly be adjacent to my grandfather’s yard, though there are no buildings there which might correspond with those in the photograph. I would like to think I might get other responses too.”

I have put both men in touch and will happily pass on any more information from other readers.

I have put both men in touch and will happily pass on any more information from other readers.

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