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Leon L'Hollier

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Leon L’Hollier (c1847-1906) imported the third automobile to the UK

of the Anglo-French Motor Carriage Co and L'Hollier and Gascoigne

1868 Francis Leon L'hollier(sic) married at Worcester to Margaret Sandford

1879 Partnership dissolved. '... the Partnership hitherto existing between Leon L'Hollier and Constant L'Hollier, carrying on business under the style of Leon L'Hollier,at Nos. 6 and 7, Bath-passage, Birmingham, in the county of Warwick, in the bade or business of Perambulator Manufacturers, was this day dissolved by mutual consent. All accounts due to or owing by the said partnership firm will be received and paid respectively by the said Leon L'Hollier, who will still continue to carry on the said business at the same address under the style of Leon L'Hollier...'[1]

1891 Living at 91 Smallbrook Street, Birmingham: Leon L'Hollier (age 44 born France), Perambulator maker - Employer. With his wife Margaret L'Hollier (age 44 born ) and their four daughters and two sons who were all born in Birmingham. One visitor from France. One servant.[2]

1895 November. Imported the third automobile to the UK - a Roger-Benz

1895 November. Showed the car at the 1895 Stanley Cycle Show.[3]

1896 February. 'A manufacturer of horseless carriages, Leon L'Hollier, of Birmingham and Maidstone, was summoned on Monday for driving a horseless carriage along the Stratford-road, seven miles from Birmingham, and fined 1s and costs. The magistrates said it would be a good thing if the law were altered.'[4]

1906 Leon Francois L'hollier(sic) died in the King's Norton area.

1908 August 30th. Death of his wife Margaret.

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 1879/10/21
  2. 1891 Census
  3. London Evening Standard - Friday 29 November 1895
  4. South Wales Daily News - Wednesday 05 February 1896