Neville George Flawn, Esq.

Neville George Flawn, Esq., a Prominent citizen from the History of Huntingdonshire, England.


The thriving market town of St Neots, which forms a convenient centre for a wide district of the county, is fortunate in attracting more than an average number of first-class professional men.

The pursuit of the law has always ranked as an honourable profession, despite the cheap sneers of the cynic, and to-day more than ever the man who would advise his fellows on the intricacies of the rights and wrongs of persons and things, to quote Judge Blackstone’s titles, must be not only a good scholar and a clear-headed man of business, but also a thorough man of the world in the best sense of that somewhat abused term.

Mr Flawn has not been long in practice in St Neots, but since he has only just entered his fourth decade, this may well be remedied; he is, however, a native of the town, having been born there in 1881, being the only son of Mr George Flawn (who died September 11 1910), a considerable landowner in the district.

Mr Flawn, after the usual public school education, passed on to matriculate at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he took his degree of B.A. in 1901. He gained a high place in the Law Tripos in 1902, and has also attained the degree of L.L.B. At the Varsity he took a keen interest in all forms of sport, rowing, cricket and lawn tennis, whilst he represented the University at golf on many occasions.

He served his articles at Darlington with Mr Henry Gordon Steavenson, one of the best known practitioners and most enthusiastic sportsmen in the North of England. Everyone who has an intimate knowledge of the Quaker Town will appreciate the advantages it offers for the schooling of our young men in the intelligent pursuits of life, and we have no doubt that much as Mr Flawn might be attached to the south country, he was loth to leave Darlington intellectual associations.

Mr Flawn was admitted as a Solicitor in 1906.

For a time Mr Flawn settled down in the old Cathedral City of York, where he gained considerable experience and made a host of friends. His professional standing is indicated by his selection as a Solicitor to the North-Eastern Railway, which has large interests in that locality.

Mr Flawn is a thorough sportsman and a good all-round man. He is a keen cricketer and fond golf and lawn tennis. His genial manner and unaffected bon hommie renders him a welcome addition wherever sport and pleasure is on foot. With a host of friends who have known him from boyhood, a useful and honourable future doubtless awaits him in due course.

George Gaskell - circa 1900