Symmes in England
Horringer House, home of the Lainson family for more than 200 years
MARIE ESTELLE SYMMES - "Babs" to those of us who love her - became Mrs Lainson when she married Edward Arthur Lainson ( 22 Dec 1911 - 17 Sep 2001 ) founder of "Premier Travel", an important bus company based in Cambridge. From half a dozen coaches in 1936, Premier was operating 40 coaches by 1955 in almost as many routes nationwide. Babs contributed largely to the good fortunes of Premier Travel as one of its Directors from 1943 until 1971 and compiled "Premier's Progress, a history of the Premier Travel Group 1936 - 1986". By 1986 the company had purchased a further 60 coaches, had established a successful travel agency and was running a small airline from Cambridge airport.
Mr Lainson was awarded the rank of Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1977 for his services to the transport industry.
"The story of the house" said Marie Estelle shortly before her 91st birthday in May 2005, "is a little obscure around the 18th Century, but we know that the Tower was added in the 19th Century to provide rooms for the children and their nannies in order to maintain peace and quiet in the House."
The ancestry of Marie Estelle:
|Gen.||Ref.||Symmes||Place of birth||Date of birth|
|1|||| Zechariah || England ||5 Apr 1599|
|2|||| William || England ||10 Jan 1626|
|3|||| William || Charlestown ||1678|
|4|||| John || Charlestown ||Aug 1720|
|5|||| John || North Medford ||Aug 1755|
|6|||| Charles || North Medford ||4 Apr 1798|
|7|||| Thomas John || Aylmer, Canada ||26 Jan 1836|
Major Howard Church Symmes
2nd South African Infantry Regiment, Natal
| Aylmer, Canada ||24 Mar 1874|
|The children of Major Howard Church Symmes:|
| MARIE ESTELLE "BABS" née SYMMES |
b. 4 May 1914
|10||[-]|| HOWARD SYMMES |
| GEORGE SYMMES |
|POLY, DIANA and VICKY LAINSONCambridge, England|| |
Babs and daughter Victoria Lainson (now Victoria Woodward) at Horringer in 2003
|Marie Estelle's father, Canadian Engineer Howard Church Symmes, was building railroads in South Africa when the First World War started. Major Symmes fought gallantly for the Allies and was killed in action on 9th April 1917 during the Battle of Arras in France, causing his widow Mabel and children Cecil and Marie Estelle to return from South Africa to Mabel's England home after the end of the Great War.|
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