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1914 September. 'To celebrate the taking over of the premises lately occupied by Messrs. Friswell at Albany-street, K.W.. the new proprietors Mr. Guy Lewin and Mr. Vincent Barningham, gave an informal reception last week. ' Auction sales of motor-cars are now taking place at this establishment on behalf of the Prince of Wales’ Relief Fund and Red Cross Society. Auctioneers’ charges are made.'[1]

1914 September. 'To you remember the erstwhile Coliseum of our early days at the corner of Albany Street, where the barracks come from? Well, Sir Charles Friswell, the pioneer of auto-knighthood, ruthlessly pulled it down years ago and erected on its site a great motor-mart; and just before the war broke out his erstwhile chief of staff, Guy Lewin, bent upon a knighthood for himself, bought him out lock, stock, and barrel, with Mr. Victor Barningham as his partner. A most inauspicious time for launching a big commercial venture you will not unjustly say, but perhaps you don't know "Sir" Guy. He is about the one man in the motor trade who, at the present moment, is not suffering 'coeur brise', as our allies have it and he showed himself at his best at a little luncheon he gave a few days ago to celebrate the event....'[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. Globe - Monday 14 September 1914
  2. The Tatler - Wednesday 23 September 1914