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Hunt House Visit

On Wednesday the 18th of May ten members visited The Hunt House in Paulerspury, which is home to the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club and the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation. The common interest in excellence in engineering which we shared with our very knowledgeable guide Philip Hall made for some animated conversations.
I should at this point confess that as it was a very wet morning I arrived by car, to Philip’s disappointment. Luckily the honour of the section was upheld by the four stalwart fellows who arrived by motorcycle, two of which were Vincents.
After coffee and biscuits, we commenced our tour. The Hunt House is deceptive, it seems much bigger on the inside. As we progressed round, we visited the Henry Royce room with many of his notes and sketches, lecture rooms, workshops, an engine test bay, a library, and the very extensive archives area. The archives hold the full records of nearly every RR car made, including some cars that are not generally known.  The archives have a colourful history themselves, having come close to destruction. We also learnt something of the surprising early history of the company, of Henry Royce, and the origins of his personal motto “Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble.” We closed our visit with thanks to our guide, who responded by saying how much he enjoyed our enthusiasm.
We then adjourned to the Boat Inn at Stoke Bruerne for lunch. For myself, I would say the lamb shank was excellent, with a good choice of beers to accompany it.  Rob Staley.

royce room
Listening attentively to what our guide is saying.

cat and fiddle
This is  photograph of a photograph (hence the poor quality) was taken during our visit.
It shows early Rolls Royce cars parked outside the Cat and Fiddle public house in the Derbyshire Peak District.
It was a challenging climb back then that few motor vehicles could manage so a good test for the fledgling cars and proof of the RR quality.

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