Noel Mobbs

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Sir Noel Mobbs KCVO OBE
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Sir Noel Mobbs KCVO OBE
Born 1878
Northampton, England
Died 1959
Education Bedford Modern School
Known for Founder of Slough Estates

Sir Arthur Noel Mobbs, KCVO, OBE (1878–1959) was the founder of Slough Estates, one of the United Kingdom's largest property businesses.

Career

Brought up in Northampton, Mobbs was educated at Bedford Modern School.[1] Together with his brother, Herbert, he founded the Pytchley Autocar Company in 1903 to sell private vehicles: the business was later bought by Mercantile Credit.[2] Another of Noel's brothers, Edgar, was a well-known Rugby player and Captain of the England team in 1910.[3]

In 1920, Noel Mobbs and Sir Percival Perry acquired Slough Depot, a vehicle park where thousands of disused military vehicles had been abandoned.[2] First they sold the vehicles and then they converted the factories and let them out for industrial use, so establishing the Slough Trading Estate.[2]

Mobbs was also keen to establish sporting and social facilities for the people of Slough and in 1928 he bought Stoke Park Golf Club for £30,000 and reformed it.[4] He also established the Stoke Poges Garden which is open to the public[5] as well as the Slough Community Centre which opened in 1936.[4]

He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1948.[6]

Mobbs was an avid bridge player[2] and in 1950, he chaired the British Bridge League.[7] He died in Bournemouth in 1959.[2]

Family

Memorial stone in Stoke Poges Garden of Remembrance, Buckinghamshire

He married Frances.[2] His grandson was Nigel Mobbs, a more recent Chairman of Slough Estates.[8][dead link]

References

  1. ^ "Bedford Modern School of the Black And Red" by Andrew Underwood, 1981
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Stoke Park Club" (PDF). Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  3. ^ Obituary: Sir Nigel Mobbs Daily Telegraph, 22 October 2005
  4. ^ a b "Slough 1900-1945". slough.info. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  5. ^ Buckinghamshire Literary Map BBC
  6. ^ "No. 38311". The London Gazette. 10 June 1948. p. 3369.
  7. ^ The Great Bridge Scandal By Alan Truscott Page (x) Master Point Press, 2004, ISBN 978-1-894154-67-3
  8. ^ Obituary: Sir Nigel Mobbs The Independent, 1 November 2005
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