The Daily Mail reported under the headline ‘Prince Hatzfeldt’s Motor’: Prince Hatzfeldt’s motor-car driver, Robert Dennis, was fined £5 and £3 7s costs at the Bakewell Petty Sessions yesterday for driving along the Buxton road, near Haddon Hall, at an excessive speed


Saturday 6th September 1902

The Daily Mail reported under the headline ‘Prince Hatzfeldt’s Motor’:
Prince Hatzfeldt’s motor-car driver, Robert Dennis, was fined £5 and £3 7s costs at the Bakewell Petty Sessions yesterday for driving along the Buxton road, near Haddon Hall, at an excessive speed. A constable with the aid of an ordinary watch had calculated the speed at over 30 miles per hour, but the prince, who was the principal witness for the defence, gave sworn testimony that his 12-hp car was absolutely unequal to such a speed, and was, moreover, geared specially low for hill climbing in the Peak. Dr Tyler Pleydell Carter corroborated Prince Hatzfeldt’s evidence, but the Bench, in convicting, reminded the latter that less wealthy and influential people had an equal right to the safe usage of the roads, and they looked to motorists in his position to set a better example.


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