Adrian Pilkington from Gisborne, New Zealand
Was it true that Charles Rolls disproved the theory that 'pigs couldn't fly' by taking two piglets for a ride in his aircraft?
Gilly Smith from Cardiff
Thank you for this information which I am sorry to say, I was not aware of before. It is fascinating to know we once had such an amazing pioneer living in South Wales who was so tragically killed at such an early age. Charles Rolls was a truly exceptional person, long live his memory!
Munn from Muswell Manor
More information and pictures of charles rolls on www.muswellmanor.co.uk muswell was originaly called Mussel Manor the first aero club and where the Shorts built the worlds first factory and the Wright Brothers visited.
Vivienne Thomas, Monmouth Library
I've just returned from an event at the British Library where the bid we submitted for the digitisation of the Rolls family photographs narrowly missed winnning a "Turning the Pages" digitisation package. If anyone can point us to other funding for the unique resource to be made more widely available I'd be very grateful.
He was a good person and he loved his country.
Robert Ashley from Indiana
Charles was a great uncle of my grand mother, so I'm told. I know of a book written of my grandmother's family. Her name was Ada Liskey, Can anyone help to see his family tree?
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Esther Samuels, Eastbourne
For many years my Uncle lived with Dorothy Rolls in Lancaster Gate, London. She was related to Mr Charles Rolls but I don't know what branch of the family. She never worked and lived off the money she got from the company.
Helen Rolls, Ipswich
Sounds like a very interesting man. I would love to know if we were related. Can anyone help on this matter?
Nick Ralls from Prinsted ,West Sussex,England
Kathy Smith should look at ralls.us website might be of interest as rolls is a variant of ralls.
Charles Rolls was one of those "Magnificent Men" ,that he pranged his plane at an Airshow, was typical of the man. Poor Royce could not keep up with his partner....If a gearbox broke mid race, then it was faulty workmanship to blame, not the fact that Charles crashed the gearbox while careering downhill in neutral with the engine at Idle, and then engaged the clutch. They say an engineer can make something "Idiot Proof" but never "Farmer Proof" Charles I think had his feet on the ground, even when flying, and came from good farming stock, of the Genteel Variety. He was NO IDIOT!
mr p nesshead
I needed to write an essay on Charles Rolls and this site has been a real help thank you.
Ali Dixon, Plymouth, Devon
My great grandmother was Ellen Rolls-Vincent and it has always been said in the family that she was related to the Rolls family as in Rolls Royce. I am interested in your site and found out stuff that I never knew about Charles Rolls.
In answer to Chris Stewart's query I believe that last year there was rumour going around that the statue was to be demolished and replaced by a more modern statue celebrating Femininity in the 21st Century!!!
Fortunately it proved to be a hoax. I can't remember whose 'brilliant' idea that was, but it worried a few people.
I heard there was an incident involving the statue last year. Do you know any more?
Kathy Smith from Cape Canaveral in Florida
I'm interested in my family tree and Rolls from England was my grandmother's maiden name. Related, I don't know, but was so very interested to read what your site had to offer. Charles sounded like a man that should have been in my life even if he wasn't. Thank you for sharing all the great information.