Other Asquiths

Just to note about this Asquith’s Notes blog. It has nothing at all to do with Herbert Henry Asquith, Earl of Oxford and Asquith, who served as the liberal British Prime Minister from 1908 to 1916, who saw Britain into World War I, and introduced the Home Rule Bill for Ireland in 1910, thoroughly disliked by the Ulster Protestants, and due to early setbacks in the Great War replaced in latter 1916 by David Lloyd George. His nickname was reportedly “Squiff” or “Squiffy”, an apparent derogatory reference to his fondness for drink. And aside from that, I bear no personal relation whatsoever.

There is a small town called Asquith in Australia with a railway station named for the Prime Minister. There is also apparently a restaurant called “The Asquith” in Birmingham with 66% likes, which serves a suckling pig dish, but I myself have never eaten there. There is a J. Asquith in London, who may or may not be a dentist. There is an Asquith city in Saskatchewan, Canada, but I would have no reason I could think of to go to Saskatchewan.

The most culturally significant Asquith with whom I am not at all related is Anthony Asquith, the British film director of the 1952 Michael Redgrave version of “The Importance of Being Ernest”, with Edith Evans as Lady Bracknell. He also directed the British film classics “Pygmalion” and “The Browning Version”. Anthony Asquith was the son of H.H. Asquith, but only dabbled in politics, before heading a labor union. 

I, Roger Asquith, disavow any association to these others. Though, I did recently have a dream about Edith Evans as Lady Bracknell.


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  1. Peter Henley

    My home town of Halifax, Yorkshire had a small engineering company called Asquiths. They were much loved since they gave employment to this industrial town:
    Asquith was founded around 1865 by William Asquith a native of Halifax who had spent time in the gold fields of Canada and California. Right from the start the company operated from the Highroad Well area of Halifax. The company became specialist manufacturers of radial drilling machines and one claim to fame was that they supplied 40 drilling machines used during the building of the Sydney Harbor Bridge in 1924.

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