Posted by: offmotorway | April 13, 2010

Blue Plaque for Rolls Royce

Charles Rolls, one half of the famous Rolls-Royce car company has been recognised with a blue plaque, located at his former offices at 14/15 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1. 

Rolls was the fourth man in England ever to own a motor car, broke the land speed record several times, made over 160 balloon ascents and was one of the first people to fly solo in Wilbur Wright’s newly invented aeroplane. On 2 June 1910 he became the first man to fly non-stop across the Channel and back.

Rolls-Royce was founded in 1906, but Charles Rolls died in 1910, aged 32.  Characteristically, he was the first Briton to die in a flying accident.

*The Blue Plaque scheme is run by English Heritage to celebrate great Londoners and the buildings they inhabited.

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