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Hobbs of Henley

A History

By (author) Simon Wenham
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Amberley Publishing, Chalford, United Kingdom
Published: 15th Apr 2020
Dimensions: w 165mm h 234mm d 20mm
Weight: 306g
ISBN-10: 1445696606
ISBN-13: 9781445696607
Barcode No: 9781445696607
Hobbs of Henley is not only one of the best-known businesses in Henley-on-Thames, it also boasts one of the most exclusive and recognisable fleets of boats plying the river today. Simon Wenham's illustrated history, written to mark the firm's 150th anniversary, shows how the descendants of a Hambleden family, living by the Thames in the seventeenth century, went on to found this now prominent business, growing it from a waterside pub in the Victorian period to one of the largest operators on the river with bases in a number of locations. It sheds light on over a century of social change and demonstrates how the fortunes of the firm were closely tied to the world-famous regatta, as well as the ever-fluctuating demand for leisure. It also traces the considerable contribution that the Hobbs family made, not only in helping thousands of people each year to enjoy the beauty of the Thames, but in shaping the development of Henley in the modern era.

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