|Arthur Noel MOBBS
Arthur Noel Mobbs (1878 - 1959) baronetto inglese, cavaliere dell'Ordine Vittoriano dal 1948, fu il fondatore della Slough Trading Estates una delle più grandi compagnie inglesi.
Cresciuto a Northampton, una città circa 100 km. a nord della capitale, fondò nel 1903 assieme al fratello Herbert la Pytchley Auto Car Company che poi fu ceduta al Credito Mercantile.
Negli anni giovanili fu un ottimo giocatore di rugby assieme all'altro fratello Edgar.
Nel 1920 acquistò assieme a Sir Percival Perry un deposito di veicoli militari dismessi che si trovava in una cittadina circa 35 km. ad Ovest di Londra che, opportunamente convertito, fece la loro fortuna e quella della cittadina di Slough a cui Mobbs donò lo Stoke Park Golf Club e lo Stoke Poges Garden ed il Centro Sociale.
Sposato con Jane Berry ebbero un figlio ed una coppia di gemelle.
Mobbs fu anche un appassionato giocatore di bridge che nel 1950 presiedette la British Bridge League e che fu a lungo impeccabile Presidente del celebre Portland Club. Dal 1948 al 1951 fu anche il secondo Presidente della EBL.
Scomparve a Bournemouth, una cittadina affacciata sulla manica, nel 1959.
Sir Arthur Noel Mobbs KCVO, OBE (1878 - 1959) was the founder of Slough Estates, one of the United Kingdom's largest property businesses.
Brought up in Northampton, Noel Mobbs, together with his brother, Herbert, founded the Pytchley Autocar Company in 1903 to sell private vehicles: the business was later bought by Mercantile Credit. Another of Noel's brothers, Edgar, was a well-known Rugby player.
In 1920 he and Sir Percival Perry acquired Slough Depot, a vehicle park where thousands of disused military vehicles had been abandoned. First they sold the vehicles and then they converted the factories and let them out for industrial use, so establishing the Slough Trading Estate.
He 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.
He also established the Stoke Poges Garden which is open to the public as well as the Slough Community Centre which opened in 1936.
He was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1948.
He married, in 1961, Jane Berry, whom he first met on horseback. She was a daughter of the 2nd Viscount Kemsley, whose family owned The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph; they had a son and twin daughters.
Mobbs was an avid bridge player, was Chairman of notorious Portland Club and he also chaired the British Bridge League.
He died in Bournemouth in 1959.
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