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Henry Jervis Mulliner

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Henry Jervis Mulliner (1870-1967)

Descendant of a famous firm of coachbuilders and founder of another firm in the same line.

1870 Born, in Liverpool, son of Robert B. Mulliner (born Northampton c.1831) and his wife Charlotte (nee Manton, age 38, born Northampton)[1]

1871 Living in Liverpool with his mother, Charlotte (nee Manton, age 38, born Northampton) and brother and 2 sisters[2]

1897 Henry Jervis Mulliner established a coach-building business H. J. Mulliner[3] in Brook Street, Mayfair, London, an affluent area not far from Conduit Street, Rolls-Royce's first showroom.

1900 of Iris House, Grove Park, Chiswick.

1904 MULLINER, H. J., "Ellerton," Putney Common. Car: 8-h.p. de Dion. Has been a motorist since 1897. Hobbies: Tennis, rowing. Was the first carriage-builder in Great Britain to entirely discard the manufacture of horse-drawn vehicles for self-propelled, and has always made a point of combining the three essential points of a horseless vehicle — grace, lightness, and comfort. Was the builder of the carriage bodies of the Napier Gordon Bennett race cars in 1903 — which bodies, with the tool-boxes, weighed only seventy pounds. Was the first to introduce the Bowden wire for the automatic raising and lowering of the seats. Club: A.C.G.B. & I. (Founder Member.) [4]

1908 Sold the business

1939 Henry J Mulliner, retired motor carriage builder, and Gertrude Mulliner lived in Bexhill[5]

1967 Death of Henry Jervis Mulliner, aged 97, said to be the last surviving founder member of the Royal Automobile Club (RAC)[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Census
  2. 1871 census
  3. The Times, Oct 09, 1967
  4. Motoring Annual and Motorist’s Year Book 1904
  5. 1939 register
  6. The Times, Oct 09, 1967
  • Motoring Annual and Motorist’s Year Book 1903