The purpose of this Blog

This blog is to detail my 43 years (1973 - 2016) with a 1928 Chevrolet tourer, affectionately called "The Red Chev".

The acquisition, restoration, improvements and my experiences over the years are covered in as much detail as I can remember.

Some of the later postings include car club outings and other vintage car items that I hope will be of interest to people.

If you have the time, scroll back to where it all began in 1973 and follow the journey so far.

Thanks for dropping by.

Regards Ray Dean

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Old Garages seen in England, Wales & one in Ireland

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 An old service station due to be demolishedAudley, North Staffs.
Photographed early in 2008, a roadside service station just a few miles West of Stoke-On-Trent, in the small village of Audley. Sadly the garage building was up for sale when the picture was taken, and the site was re-developed for housing shortly afterwards.


A nice old garage in CheadleCheadle, Staffs.
Seen in 2006, Central Garage which is situated in the small town of Cheadle, in Staffordshire.

 A very early filling station in StaffordshireDenstone.
If ever there was a candidate worthy of heritage lottery funding, this must surely be it? A small roadside filling station like this, surviving into the 21st century, is incredibly rare.

Update: Sadly this lovely old building was burnt down late 2006.

 Old service station in SussexEast Dean, Chichester.
Another surviving Service Station, when 'service' meant more than just taking your money while sat in the warm behind a till.

 An original garage still in useHanmer.
This great old garage is still in use by relatives of the gent who set it up in 1917.

 One-time garage in CheshireKelsall, Cheshire.
A reminder to olden days when small country garages retailing motor spirit (petrol!) were commonplace in villages across the land. There is still a garage building set back from the road, plus the building seen in this photo. Only the classic old petrol pumps, which once would have been adorned by illuminated oil company globes (eg Shell, Russian Oil Products, BP and so on), give the game away. Sadly they are in pretty poor condition. The old Jag was mine, by the way - photographed Feb 2002.

 Old garage in LamertonLamerton.
Not much has changed at this old garage down in the South West of England.

 Mary Tavy garagesMary Tavy, Devon..
Two interesting garages located on the A386 in Devon. One a former petrol filling station, and the other still in use as a coach garage.
 Another old Cheshire garageNorthwich, Cheshire.
Few of the surviving older garages are made of wood, so this example must be one of very few that are still standing now. Photographed in 2003.
 Garage in Northwich CheshireNorthwich, Cheshire.
This historic garage building overlooks the River Weaver in Northwich, Cheshire (UK). It must date back to the 1920s if not before, and still has many of its original vintage features, not least the fabulous stained glass lettering above the 2 doors announcing that this building is (was) a garage, probably a dealership, way back in the inter-war years.
Now it is a trendy bar, although fortunately the original design of the building can clearly be seen still. Photo taken Feb 2002.

 Garage facade in Northwich CheshireNorthwich, Cheshire.
A closer view of the stained glass frontage on this historic motor car dealership building - much nicer than a modern neon job I think, and very well preserved.
 An old motor engineers buildingNorthwich (Barnton?), Cheshire.
This garage still survives somewhere nr Northwich in Cheshire, we used to live not far from here so a journey in the Standard would often see us driving past one or two retro garages dotted around the countryside. Exciting stuff!

 Olde garage nr TavistockPeter Tavy village.
A simple garage building that probably dates to the 1920s or 1930s at a guess.

 Former garage in PlymouthPlymouth, Colin Campbell Court.
The former Bartons Garage in Plymouth (first of two).

 Former Morris cars agent in PlymouthPlymouth, Mutley Plain.
A stunning art deco building, at one time a Morris cars dealership in Plymouth.

 Former garage in PlymouthPlymouth.
What at one-time was the first self-service petrol station in the UK.

 Garage in Port IsaacPort Isaac.
A large garage cum workshop still in use in Cornwall.

 Car dealership located at Prees, nr Whitchurch in ShropshirePrees Heath, Shrops.
A great old dealership cum workshop, still used for its original purpose. It makes a change to see somewhere like this being preserved, rather than being bulldozed to make way for more identikit modern housing schemes.

 Former garage in St Mawes, CornwallSt Mawes, Cornwall.
Two interesting photos of a former garage premises situated on the harbour in St Mawes, now home to a boat repair business but retaining four old Shell petrol pumps on its forecourt.

 Large garage seen in WorcestershireUpton Upon Severn.
An imposing garage building still used for the sale of petrol, and crane hire. A number of interesting commercial vehicles were also in residence.


Garages seen in Wales

 Garage near Barmouth in WalesBarmouth area.
Another great old garage seen by Steve, regular contributor to these pages.

This particular service station is located on the road out of Barmouth, heading towards Dolgellau.

 Early filling station seen on the Llanberis road out of CaernarfonCaernarfon area.
We spotted this garage in 2006 on the road out to Llanberis (I think!). It dates to the time before petrol pumps were generally available, and fuel was distributed in 2 gallon tins.

The petrol pumps on view would have been added to this filling station in the 40s or 50s.

 Pritchard's garage in Llandrindod WellsLlandrindod Wells.
A very smart former Rootes dealership, Pritchard & Sons' Central Garage in Llandrindod Wells.

 Old garage in North WalesLlandudno.
A cute little 1930s garage survivor in the popular Victorian holiday resort of Llandudno, on the North Wales coast.

 Garage entrance spotted in PorthmadogPorthmadog, Wales.
Spotted on the high street in this Welsh town, an entrance to a garage building, built on to the side of a hotel.

 Vintage garage seen in WelshpoolWelshpool, Wales.
A fabulously original garage / petrol filling station, dating to the 1930s, found in a street in Welshpool.


Garages seen in Ireland

 Old garage in IrelandLisdoonvarna.
Spotted by Steve, a great old garage in Ireland.


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