Hayes (Kent) History

Hayes (Kent) History

Guinness, Henry Seymour & daughter Heather
1858 – 1945
Irish politician, banker, engineer, Assistant Managing director of Arthur Guinness, Son & Company 1924-30

After his retirement from his business activities Henry Seymour Guinness bought Hayes Grove in Prestons Road in 1933.  He moved here with his wife Marie and his two younger daughters Patricia and Heather Seymour, known as Judy. Heather was second in fencing at the 1932 Olympic Games, won the British Women’s Fencing Championship in 1933 and was runner up the following year. She became engaged to Clifton Penn-Hughes, a racing driver who came second in the Italian Mille Miglia.  He flew his own plane and in August 1935 amazed villagers when he landed it in fields in George Lane in order to visit Judy at the Grove. They married at St Clement Danes in October 1935 and her sister Patricia was a bridesmaid. Sadly Clifton Penn Hughes did not live to see the birth of his daughter in February 1940 as his plane crashed at Lympne in July 1939 .