Paul Mallier admired the Landmark Trust through his work in the travel industry, although he’d never stayed in one of our buildings. He visited us at our stand at a Luxury Travel Fair and it was in the summer of 2013 that we first spoke to him about the gift of his flat to Landmark.
We met with Paul to discuss his wishes and we took the opportunity to make him aware of the Landmark Legacy Estate. Paul subsequently included this amazing gift in his Will. He attended several special events held for those who leave us a gift in their Wills and this is where our Chairman, Neil Mendoza, was able to thank him personally for his generosity.
Sadly, Paul died in 2015 but his generous gift has been added to the Landmark Legacy Estate and will make a vital contribution to our work. We are indebted to Paul for his great foresight and generosity, making this magnificent bequest, in memory of his late wife, Nancy (née Guard).
To speak to us about leaving a gift in your Will or the Landmark Legacy Estate please contact Linda Millard.
Paul Louis Mallier was born in June, 1935 in Croydon. His father, a cabinet maker from Birmingham, and his mother, an office secretary.
Paul had an innate curiosity and love of learning even as a young boy, and as a teenager he developed a deep interest in art and poetry. He was described as 'very bright' by his teachers, passing the 11+ and in 1953 he became the first Mallier to go to university, reading French at Kings College, London.
It was while at college that destiny played a part; answering an ad for a temporary summer job Paul found himself helping out at a family guest house run by a Mr and Mrs Guard in Whitstable. This was of course the home of Nancy Guard, and a few years later, in 1959, Paul and Nancy were married.
Inseparable companions for almost 50 years, the couple immersed themselves in London's cultural life, with weekends a whirl of visits to theatres, concert halls, galleries, museums, and smokey basement coffee houses. In the mid 80s Paul changed career, and began combining his love of travel, culture, history and driving to offer private driver guiding tours. Working initially for several organisations, and then for himself.
Paul was devastated by Nancy’s death in 2009. It was the catalyst for a new chapter in Paul’s life and his purchase of the apartment in the Water Tower at Netherne was an important feature of these years. Completely impractical as a home for a man in his late 70's, having narrow spiral staircases and four floors, it nevertheless boasted wonderful views and was fitted with all the latest technology, with wall to wall television screens on which he would re-watch old movies from the 1950s and 60's while sipping a gin and tonic.
Extracts taken from Paul’s Eulogy by kind permission of his niece, Yvonne.