Linked to ABC Wednesdays , where this week it's the letter "R". The aristocratic Charles Stewart Rolls met working class engineer Frederick Henry Royce in the Manchester Midland Hotel in 1904. This relief in the Midland entrance commemorates the event. It has always reminded me of the sculptures on the magnificent Moscow Metro's circle line.
By the end of the year Charles and Fred had produced the first Rolls-Royce car. Rolls also pursued an interest in early aviation and became a pilot, which caused his death just six years later at the tender age of 32. He became the first British person to die in a flying accident, at Bournemouth.
My guest post for May at the Smitten By Britain blog is about the National Trust property at Kingston Lacy in Dorset. Read all about it: