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#1 Leigh Trevail

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 17:38

During the 1920's Scole Inn nr. Diss, Norfolk was ran by a Capt. A. Wade-Palmer, it is said locally that he was associated with the “Bentley Boys” who would regularly stay at the inn. It would have been around this time that John Pole first saw the 1908 G.P Itala languishing in one of the outbuildings, he returned nine years later and purchased the car. It was also during the Captain's tenure that three petrol pumps were placed in front of the inn to lure passing motorists. So whilst I may be sceptical about the Bentley connection; Capt. Wade Palmer definitely had an interest in motoring and knew exactly where future custom lay.

Has anyone here heard of the Captain and his association with the Bentley racers and would he have been the father of F.G Wade Palmer who after W.W 2 ran the Jack O'Lantern Garage in Romsey which specialised in vintage cars?


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#2 Tim Murray

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 19:10

You've probably been down this path already, Leigh, but just in case - according to this site his first names were Aubrey Nugent:

http://www.london-ga...s/4533/page.pdf

which leads on to this site which gives:

Aubrey Nugent Wade-Palmer, Esq., T. D. , Capt. late
Notts. Yeo., b. 1882 ; m. 1st, 1906, Lady Eleanor Charlotte
Augusta (who obtained a divorce 1920), yst. d. of 3rd
Earl of Dartrey ; and has issue — Barbara Madeline;
and Isme Ruth ; 2nd, 1926, Nora Mabel, d. of Henry
Edward Bugg, of Harleston, Norfolk. Res. — Scole Inn,
Diss, Norfolk.

and this entry on The Peerage site:

http://www.thepeerag...5797.htm#i57965

which for some reason doesn't record the second marriage.

#3 Leigh Trevail

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 16:06

Many thanks Tim. Whilst this information does not prove anything it certainly shows that the Captain was well connected; so therefore the Bentley association is a possibility!


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Posted 28 October 2012 - 17:06

Can't add much to Tim's post but found your man in the 1924 and 1925 Electoral Registers for London living at Brewery House. High Street, Great Stanmore, Middx listed under Hendon, Barnet.

Tony

Edited by taylov, 28 October 2012 - 17:07.


#5 fuzzi

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 06:34

Tim Birkin was in a Nottinghamshire regiment in the Great War, so could well have known Wade Palmer from that time. Birkin was famously addicted to wildfowling and may have stopped off at the Scole Inn on his way to the North coast of Norfolk from London.

Is Capt Wade Palmer any relation to the Rolls-Royce specialist who operated in Hampshire years ago?

#6 Leigh Trevail

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 19:31

TAYLOV.. Many thanks, I reckon that he took over the inn during 1926, so your information ties in with that.

FUZZI.. I don't know of any military connection between Wade-Palmer and Tim Birkin but the wild fowling on the North Norfolk coast had crossed my mind. Scole Inn would have made an ideal stop over on the way to Blakeney.

The information from Tim Murray shows that there were only daughters from the Captain's first marriage but there is little info on his second; so it is possible that the proprietor of the Jack O' Lantern was his son.

#7 Geoff E

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 20:45

A.N.W-P was an architect at the time of the 1911 census. His father was also an architect according to the 1901 census.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 21:12

He died March 31st 1950 in a nursing home in Ayr. Address at date of death: Creaganfois, Dalry, Kircudbrightshire.

A modest little pad: http://xa.yimg.com/k...IS BROCHURE.pdf

Source: The Times, April 3rd 1950

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 21:20

Has anyone here heard of the Captain and his association with the Bentley racers and would he have been the father of F.G Wade Palmer who after W.W 2 ran the Jack O'Lantern Garage in Romsey which specialised in vintage cars?

No, FG's father was RRF Wade-Palmer.

#10 Tim Murray

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 22:29

... so F G was the nephew of Aubrey Nugent W-P.

Edited by Tim Murray, 02 November 2012 - 22:34.


#11 Leigh Trevail

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:50

Many thanks to those who assisted me with this.

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 13:45

Captain A N Wade-Palmer was my Grandfather, I do not know of any connection with the Bentley Boys but my Father has spoken about his cousin Fairfax (nephew of  A N) who used to visit the Scole Inn owning a Bentley Blower. More info on Fairfax G Wade-Palmer to be found on www.rick-ford.co.uk