"From my Collection"
Some interesting examples from our collections

 

SIDEWAYS RESEARCH

This correspondence which shuttled between London and Hastings led me to research Robert Hollond (B. 1808, D. 1877)

He was a lawyer, the Whig Member of Parliament for Hastings from
1837 to 1852 and lived at Stanmore Hall, Middlesex. His career in Westminster seems insignificant but happily, he proved to have been a ballooning enthusiast.

In 1836 he funded an attempt on the world long distance record.
With two companions he took off from Vauxhall Gardens at 1-30pm
on 7 November. They travelled 500 miles, landing at Weilburgh,
east of Cologne. His record stood until 1907!

 

 


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