Summer 2019 has seen the commencement of a new photo-series focusing on pre-war garages and petrol filling stations. Once a regular sight on the roads around the UK, the rise of the giant fuel chains and the ever present supermarket filling stations have seen the number of these humble structures dwindle.

Frenchay Garage, Bristol

This new series aims to capture a selection of survivors with a broad range of architectural styles; from pre-twentieth century structures reconfigured to capitalise on the birth of the motor car, through to streamline machine-age purpose built offerings of the mid-1930s. Wooden sheds, aircraft hangers, blacksmiths forges, weird greenhouse extensions on earlier buildings, and futuristic brick cabins will all make an appearance in the collection.

Keep an eye on my social media for regular posts from my ‘adventures’ around the country, coming to you courtesy of my 1976 Mercedes 280E.

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John Panes Regal Garage, Upton-upon-Severn
Monks Lane Filling Station
Monks Lane Electric Filling Station, Newbury
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Much Marcle Garage. A WW1 aircraft hanger converted into a garage in 1924.
Shipps Garage, Upton-upon-Severn