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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 12 - June 1972

"The Quainton and American Parkers"


The Society are very grateful indeed to Mr J E Leary for his generosity in donating a copy of his new book titled The Quainton and American Parkers. In Quainton News No. 11 we were most privileged to reproduce extracts from Quainton, Fifty Years Ago by Thomas J Parker who was Mr Leary's uncle and it was this work of sixty years ago that encouraged Mr Leary to write the new story of the Parker family. It was privately published in 1971 by our member.

Mr Leary writes: "My mother's family have lived in the old thatched cottage almost opposite the White Hart since about 1790 and I was a very frequent visitor. My one aim in life was to step off the train at Quainton Road for a few weeks holiday! On one occasion many years ago when there was an IRA bomb scare the official at the station made me open my case because it was ticking! I had acquired an old motor car clock from a cousin - I still have it".

On page 47 of the new book reference is made to Quainton Road station and the fact that Mr Leary's cousin, Jack Parker, worked there before passenger traffic was stopped. This gentleman is still living in the village and may be one of the last employees at the station.

We would echo the final sentence of Mr Leary's letter - "don't forget to take a look at the delightful village sometimes". Thank you, sir, for your good wishes and for your gift to the Society.


Notes:
The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1972 and so does not reflect events in the 40+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Reference:
"The Quainton and American Parkers" - Quainton News No. 12 - June 1972


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