William Congreve Hoe

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  • Name William Congreve Hoe 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I2093  Hamilton and Ridley family tree
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2018 

    Family Elizabeth Derry,   b. 1869, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1891  Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. William Albert Hoe,   b. 1891, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1922, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)  [Birth]
     2. John Arthur Congreve Hoe,   b. 1893, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     3. Fanny Gertrude Hoe,   b. 1894, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1894, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Birth]
     4. Ernest Congreve Hoe,   b. 30 Jul 1896, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1971, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [Birth]
    +5. Annie Hoe,   b. 1898, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1974, Newark registration district, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [Birth]
     6. Living
     7. Percy Congreve Hoe,   b. 1900, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1900, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Birth]
     8. Harold Hoe,   b. 1901, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1901, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Birth]
     9. Edith Hoe,   b. 1903, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1903, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Birth]
     10. Doris Hoe,   b. 1904, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1904, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Birth]
     11. Leonard Congreve Hoe,   b. 1905, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1905, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Birth]
     12. Violet Hoe,   b. 1907, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F756  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • William Congreve Hoe set up the first motorised bus service between Newark, Balderton and Farndon.

      https://legacy.newarkadvertiser.co.uk/leisure/tourism/history/TimWarner/warner82.asp

      I have written in the past about some of the early bus companies which were formed around Newark in the Twenties and Thirties.

      The names of Gash\'s and Wrights - both of which started around this time - are well known while others, such as Garroods and Moyses, survive only in the memories of some of the town\'s older inhabitants.

      The buses run by Mr William Hoe of Newark also fall into this category, although in the years after the first world war his small eight to ten-seater \'Hackneys\' became a familiar sight along the roads between Newark, Balderton and Farndon.

      Indeed, Mr Hoe is credited with having been the first to establish a motorised bus service between those villages.

      In later years he also founded a number of successful grocery stores in Newark - one on Millgate (No. 55) and one in the Arcade (plus a bi-weekly stall on Newark market) - and it is for these that he is perhaps best remembered.

      William Congreve Hoe was born in Newark in 1870 and began his working life in his father\'s pub, the Reindeer on Northgate. In the census of 1891 he is listed as working there as his father\'s assistant.

      Later that year, aged 21, William Hoe was married to Elizabeth Derry of Appletongate giving his occupation as carter.

      The town\'s 1897 trade directory tells us that his carting business was based on Slaughterhouse Lane although by the turn of the century he had switched careers and began to follow in his father\'s footsteps, as landlord of the White Horse pub at 63 Millgate (closed 1935, demolished 1967).

      By 1904 he had changed directions again, having established his first grocery shop at 55 Millgate where he and his wife took up residence.

      A second shop, in the Arcade, was open by 1912 and business was booming. During the first world war all three of William\'s sons - Jack, Ernest and Bill - served in the armed forces. Ernest and Bill survived but Jack was killed in action (he is buried in France).

      At the end of the war Ernest and Bill returned to Newark and became drivers in their father\'s latest venture, a bus service between Newark and Farndon and Balderton.

      At first Ernest and Bill were the only drivers employed by the business, but following Bill\'s premature death (due to the after-effects of the war), Mr Bob White of Parliament Street was taken on.

      William Hoe\'s grandson, Mr Ron Hoe, still lives in Newark and as a child can remember seeing the buses in his grandfather\'s yard off Parliament Street. (The yard had been bought to store produce for the shops).

      Over the years William Hoe had a number of different buses although only ever two at a time. Each was given a name: Victoria and Princess are pictured here. Others included Shamrock and Pride of the Road.

      B Both Victoria and Princess were constructed on Ford Model TT chassis, with coach work by the local firm of George Stephenson and Sons, the agricultural implement makers who had their works beside Newark\'s Trent Bridge.

      Vehicle licensing records held at the Nottinghamshire Archives Office tell us that Princess (registration no. NN 2081) was registered by William Hoe on March 27, 1928.

      The vehicle is described as a Ford Hackney and was painted green. Both Princess and Victoria had their share of incident with, on one occasion, Victoria toppling right over as Ernest Hoe was taking the tight corner from Lombard Street into Millgate.

      Princess was writen-off when, during a run along Farndon Road, a burst fuel pipe sprayed petrol on to the hot exhaust.

      There was an instant explosion and in the space of a few seconds, the whole bus was enveloped in flames.

      Fortunately no passengers were on board at the time, although Mr White, who was driving, only just managed to jump clear. Princess (valued at ?350 - ?400) was reduced to ruin in a few minutes.

      One man who remembers Hoe\'s buses well is Mr Owen Sharp whose family lived in Mount Pleasant, a small yard off Millgate.

      Mr Sharp\'s father was a charge hand at Ransome and Marles (now NSK-RHP) and Mr Sharp recalls how Hoe\'s bus was one of those contracted to ferry employees to and from the works - setting off from King Street in time for the morning shift, back home at midday, back to Marles\'s in the afternoon, and back home again to King Street in the evening: four bus trips across town every day.

      As far as can be ascertained, Hoe\'s buses ceased running in the early to mid Thirties.

      Competition between bus companies at this time was very fierce as each operator fought for passengers.

      Hoe\'s routes were targetted by a larger company who ensured that two buses were always on hand to overtake Hoe\'s Model TTs and race to the bus stops first.

      It was dangerous practice, but one which led to the demise of many small operators such as Hoe\'s.

      William Hoe retired from the bus business and concentrated on his other interests. Ernest took on a fish and chip shop owned by his father in Parliament Street, while one of William\'s daughters, Dolly, ran the grocery shop in the Arcade.

      In later years William Hoe moved from Millgate to 46 Victoria Street where he died, in October, 1952, aged 83.

      In compiling this article I am indebted to the following for their assistance: Mr and Mr Derrick Horbury, Mr and Mrs Owen Sharp, Mr Ron Hoe, Mr Ralph Stephenson and Mr Ernie Robb. Mr Brian Waters of Newark provided technical information about the buses in the photographs.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-2099734593] England & Wales Marriage Index, RD: Newark, Qtr: Jul-Aug-Sep, Vol: 7B, Page: 643, Accessed 16 Jan 2019.