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Standard Model "Rhyl"

1913 Standard returns to it's first home

The Rhyl in 1913, well almost! ( click to enlarge)

Hi Phil.

I hope you and Lynda had a good holiday

The attached photograph (taken by Steve Smeltzer) shows my Rhyl, parked outside 12 Bedford Road, Kempston, where the original owner of my car, Dr. George Butters lived (and had his practice) in 1913.  

I just wondered if you would be interested in putting it on the web site.

Len Barr   

Hi Len,

Yes, here it is. The published photo is somewhat different to the one you sent in. I have cropped it and digitally removed most of the paraphernalia of the 21st Century ( Double glazed windows, TV and telephone wires and boxes, Burglar alarm box, yellow parking lines) so the house looks pretty much as it would in 1913. Unfortunately, to remove the modern wrought iron fence would have required hours of painstaking work, but it doesn't look to bad anyway. I suspect it might have had a "spiked iron" fence to match the ones on top of the bays, originally!

 If you want a high-resolution version please let me know.



p.s. if any contributor would like to send me a photo of their car in a contemporary location, I will try digitally, to "turn the time back"!

Hi Phil


Just a few extra snippets for the useless information department!


According to the 1901 Census, Dr George Butters was resident at the address in 1901, so it fair assumption to make that he probably moved in when the house was built in 1894. 


In 1901 he was aged 36, so when he had the good fortune to purchase a Standard Rhyl he would have been 48 and probably at the height of his career.  The census also says that he came originally from Scotland. 


Certainly he was a Physician and a Surgeon, and Medical Officer of Health for Kempston Urban District.  He was President of Bedford Medical Society in 1908.


Keep up the good work on the web site.





I am aware that there are other cars and information that could be added to this site to make it more comprehensive, so if you have material and photographs, please let me know.  Please send me, Phil Homer, a message at: Phil Homer