Nevertheless, some people were buying cars in the 1930s and they needed to be serviced - probably more frequently than they are today - and garages did emerge.
|27 Church Street on the left in the middle - Sellicks at this time in the 1950s.|
R W Pitt at 83 Stratford Road. This was probably the longest lasting of the early service garages and is now a motor cycle dealership.
There were two petrol pumps along the Stratford Road - one at the Grafton Cycle Co and the other at 83 Stratford Road - later Pages. The Grafton pump had the hose on a swing arm so that it could be brought put over the pavement. Pages Garage had the traditional type of pumps on the forecourt. I am not sure about a petrol pump on Church Street. There may have been one but my memory is a bit fuzzy on this.
|Stratford Road - late 1950s or early 1960s|
|1960s view down Stratford Road - Michael Page's Garage by the Regent petrol sign|
Petrol tanks were a lot smaller in those days so a few gallons would fill the tank.