A Brief History of the Garage
We have literature and photographs of the garage dating back to the early 1930s but believe its origins date back further, we believe to the 1920s at least. There is an interesting print of the garage in the 1950s hanging in reception. If you have any history or photographs please do let us know.
The garage is a deceptively large building, and the rear “shed” was formerly attached to the old Post Office (the red-brick house on the r/h side of the garage) and was used to service and maintain GPO vans. The telephone number at this time was “Netheravon 1”! A solid communications cable apparently ran between the Post Office and the air-base at the top of hill.
A part of the garage was for some time sub-let as a drapers store, with the forecourt housing petrol pumps. These were removed some time ago, most likely for fire regulations, being adjacent to a thatched cottage.
At the end of 2013 we acquired and renovated the shop next door which had been used as a store for a number of years. This has become our reception and waiting area, with a new back-office and kitchen for staff. Relocating this area has opened up the main workshop and provided additional space and a display window.
Traditional village garages are few and far between these days, with many succumbing to redevelopment. We are grateful for the support of all our customers in preserving a community asset and a source of local employment and pride to the village.