Wednesday, 04 August 2021

Appealing for Squire reminiscences

Sir, — The Squire, arguably the most charismatic British sports car of the Thirties, was produced at Remenham Hill between

Sir, — The Squire, arguably the most charismatic British sports car of the Thirties, was produced at Remenham Hill between 1934 and 1936.

Only seven examples of Adrian Squire’s car were completed and all but one example survive, so they are highly prized collectors’ items.

The photograph shows the first production Squire, ordered by the Hon Sherman Stonor, of Stonor Park.

Squire Motors, the business’s retail arm, survived for much longer in Bell Street, Henley. All these activities were faithfully recorded in the Henley Standardof the day.

I have been researching the history of the Squire since 1964 when I wrote an article about the car for the Reading Mercury for whom I worked at the time.

Then there were still plenty of people living in and around Henley who either remembered the Squire or had worked for the companies which built or sold it.

Since then I have written some 35 books on motoring history and was about to retire, having sold my library and archive at auction.

But I had not reckoned with the generosity and enthusiasm of five Squire owners scattered throughout the world who have clubbed together and bought back the Squire files of my archive so that I can write the definitive history of the make.

Research for the book is already under way and publication is scheduled for 2015, which is the 80th anniversary of the completion of the first car.

Thanks to the kind co-operation of the Squire family, I have now got a considerable amount of new material on which to draw.

So I would be most interested to hear from anyone who would like to contribute to the story, be it reminiscences, memorabilia or photographs.

I am particularly interested in contacting relatives of the late Reginald Slay, who was closely involved with the project, and likewise Henry Collins, who was still working at the Remenham garage when I wrote my first article.

I can be contacted by email on jonathanwood35@tiscali.co.uk, by telephone on 01584 875438 or write to me at the address below. — Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Wood

The Merchant House, Lower Corve Street, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1DU



Sir, — Our family, including our three young granddaughters, enjoyed a picnic in a packed and sunny Mill Meadows in Henley last Sunday.

However, it was a real worry that there were so many large dogs running loose on this large open area, relieving themselves wherever they wished and quite frightening the little ones.

Surely the local bylaws require dogs to be kept under control on this popular public space?

The public WCs in the Leichlingen Pavilion were not flushing properly.

Hopefully, the town council will ensure all is in working order for the Music on the Meadows festival tomorrow (Saturday), which is likely to attract large crowds. — Yours faithfully,

Malcolm and Barbara Lewis

Pearces Meadow, Nettlebed



Sir, — I was interested in the responses to my letter on the subject of barbecues in Mill Meadows. It seems that my assumption that barbecues are not allowed is right but no one is policing the rules. Why not?

Is it because some of the people holding barbecues happen to be Asian and we are scared of being branded racist?

As most of the families are not from the Henley area it is quite likely that they are unaware of the restriction, especially as it is not enforced.

Everyone should be able to enjoy our beautiful riverside park, whether they are local or a visitor.

There is every possibility that if the restriction on barbecues was made known to those holding them, the next time they came they would bring a picnic.

I would be happy to volunteer to walk around the next sunny weekend and hand out leaflets explaining this policy. — Yours faithfully,

Raelene Clarke

Reading Road, Henley

Sir, — The Squire, arguably the most charismatic British sports car of the Thirties, was produced at Remenham Hill between 1934 and 1936.

Only seven examples of Adrian Squire’s car were completed and all but one example survive, so they are highly prized collectors’ items.

The photograph shows the first production Squire, ordered by the Hon Sherman Stonor, of Stonor Park.

Squire Motors, the business’s retail arm, survived for much longer in Bell Street, Henley. All these activities were faithfully recorded in the Henley Standardof the day.

I have been researching the history of the Squire since 1964 when I wrote an article about the car for the Reading Mercury for whom I worked at the time.

Then there were still plenty of people living in and around Henley who either remembered the Squire or had worked for the companies which built or sold it.

Since then I have written some 35 books on motoring history and was about to retire, having sold my library and archive at auction.

But I had not reckoned with the generosity and enthusiasm of five Squire owners scattered throughout the world who have clubbed together and bought back the Squire files of my archive so that I can write the definitive history of the make.

Research for the book is already under way and publication is scheduled for 2015, which is the 80th anniversary of the completion of the first car.

Thanks to the kind co-operation of the Squire family, I have now got a considerable amount of new material on which to draw.

So I would be most interested to hear from anyone who would like to contribute to the story, be it reminiscences, memorabilia or photographs.

I am particularly interested in contacting relatives of the late Reginald Slay, who was closely involved with the project, and likewise Henry Collins, who was still working at the Remenham garage when I wrote my first article.

I can be contacted by email on jonathanwood35@tiscali.co.uk, by telephone on 01584 875438 or write to me at the address below. — Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Wood

The Merchant House, Lower Corve Street, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1DU

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