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Shite places to buy fuel! - now includes thatched petrol station - I kid you not! 11/07/18


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#1 OFFLINE   doubleyeller

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 10:25 PM

After the visit to Appleton Roebuck for fuel, I thought I would share some details of a few (all UK branded - why??) interesting petrol stations in the Huddersfield/Bradford areas. There are very few such places still serving fuel in most of the UK, but in Yorkshire they can still be found!

Blacker Lane Huddersfield - a UK branded former Rootes dealership which continued to serve fuel until around 2011. One pump has recently been removed, and the building brought back into use as a body shop. Unfortunately the rather old fashioned enamel UK petrol pole has been covered over accordingly! This forecourt had space for only one car at a time, and difficult access - hence it tended to be more popular with motor cyclists!

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Rootes sign still in evidence

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Leeds Road, Huddersfield. A van dealership that still serves fuel. Attended service, reasonable prices, hand written petrol receipts - what's not to like?

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Just outside Bradford city centre, on Hammerton street, is this lovely 1930s filling station. This is nowadays a cul - de - sac, but back in the day was the main road before the Aire valley road was re-routed! Needless to say, petrol sales suffered, but undeterred, the owner converted the pumps to such exotic offerings as bio diesel, Kerosene and Parafin. It remains open to this day.

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Lastly, Baildon Moor garage continues to offer an attended service - at a price! No numbers in the pole - reputedly the owner told UK to get stuffed when it asked him to modernise the premises. They responded by refusing to supply the said numbers, giving the impression the pumps were long dead! :gen009: Only in Yorkshire.............................

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 10:38 PM

Excellent spots, although I have to pull you up on your failure to photograph the 'Morris Sales and Service' ironwork on the gable end of John Shaw, Leeds Road. ;-)


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Posted 10 April 2016 - 10:45 PM

Excellent spots, although I have to pull you up on your failure to photograph the 'Morris Sales and Service' ironwork on the gable end of John Shaw, Leeds Road. ;-)

My lass was in the passenger seat, obscuring the view - although that's no excuse as she looks like a bull - nose Morris!  

 

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 07:27 AM

I drove past that station on Leeds road every day on the way to work for ages but I've never been in.

I didn't know we out the one on Blacker Road, is it near where the Reliant dealers was or am I getting the roads mixed up?

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 09:17 AM

High street, Bala, Wales.

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 06:16 PM

Further up the road at the other end of town there is a similar one:

 

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 06:29 PM

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 06:32 PM

Can't do pics tonight, but there's a garage near oxenhope where the prehistoric pumps are virtually on the street. If you venture into North yorkshire there is an old school garage at kettlewell which featured in "shitefest 2013"
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Posted 11 April 2016 - 06:44 PM

Attended service here but only a diesel pump

 

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Self service here if you can get onto the forecourt but old fashioned with hand written receipts.

 

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 06:57 PM

Can't do pics tonight, but there's a garage near oxenhope where the prehistoric pumps are virtually on the street. If you venture into North yorkshire there is an old school garage at kettlewell which featured in "shitefest 2013"

Oxenhope is a good one............tbh I don't tend to rate the dales garages. They have a captive market and a monopoly on local trade, therefore haven't needed to modernise / diversify to survive. 



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Posted 11 April 2016 - 07:00 PM

High street, Bala, Wales.

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Didn't that used to be a Volvo garage, or is it the one the other end of the village?

 

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Posted 14 April 2016 - 03:04 PM

On one of my Devon commute routes:

 

Avonwick garage - extra shite points for the poo-brown Rover?

 

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Blue Post - yes that is Red Derv

 

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Some ones in Sussex near where I grew up:

 

Trotton Gate, hidden down a loop away from the main road after it was straightened:

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Scammell's at Balls Cross

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Flower Bowl between Northchapel and Petworth

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Redford garage - can't remember when they stopped doing petrol, but the pumps are still there

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Edit: one more I remembered - Tripp Hill between Fittleworth and Coates

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Posted 14 April 2016 - 03:40 PM

East Dean (my dad sometimes gets his fuel here):

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Two more I've remembered in Devon:

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Red Post at Ipplepen

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 01:48 AM

Shame its after dark, but Peter Watsons of Skipton operate very traditional forecourt too. 

 

 

 

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 09:21 AM

One Shitter here caught on CCTV filling up his renner. Anyone ID this deviant?

 

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 09:31 AM

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Wainfleet High Street, Lincolnshire. Yesterday. Car spares shop with attended service. Amazing.


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Posted 17 April 2016 - 09:44 AM

I am amazed that they haven't been shut down by health and safety having the pumps that close to buildings. It can't be because they have been there since the automobile was first invented without a problem because that sort of logic doesn't apply to H&S.


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Posted 17 April 2016 - 09:51 PM

Went for a Sunday drive today in the Rover - and I'm beginning to wonder if the idea we have that all the village petrol stations have gone in favour of the big chains and supermarkets is really correct - now I'm looking for them, I'm spotting loads! Come to think of it, large branded filling stations with 8+ pumps were the norm at least by the 1970s, the village filling station was in a minority even then. I suspect the increased range of cars nowadays has more to answer for than any other factor 😵

First up: a beautifully kept 3 pump filling station near Sowerby Bridge. The shop is a bit like open all hours! I wanted to take a photo inside as well, but the owner (albeit in more pleasant tones than Arkwright would have used) refused permission.

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Lovely old pump outside the shop door

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Next up: Reliance garage in Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield. I remember this being a busy 2 pump filling station about 10 years ago. Now one of the pumps is gone, and the second looks pretty run down. No idea of current status, as it was deserted, being a Sunday. My guess is that it's now being used as a (diesel only) fuelling point mainly for waggons, as it would be a bit odd to keep a clear forecourt and just one pump otherwise

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 05:34 PM

Anybody from other parts of the UK seen any good ones recently? The Devon and Lincolnshire ones above make for good nostalgia 😊

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 08:02 PM

Went for a Sunday drive today in the Rover - and I'm beginning to wonder if the idea we have that all the village petrol stations have gone in favour of the big chains and supermarkets is really correct - now I'm looking for them, I'm spotting loads! Come to think of it, large branded filling stations with 8+ pumps were the norm at least by the 1970s, the village filling station was in a minority even then. I suspect the increased range of cars nowadays has more to answer for than any other factor 😵

First up: a beautifully kept 3 pump filling station near Sowerby Bridge. The shop is a bit like open all hours! I wanted to take a photo inside as well, but the owner (albeit in more pleasant tones than Arkwright would have used) refused permission.

Fair prices

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Attended service

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Lovely old pump outside the shop door

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Next up: Reliance garage in Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield. I remember this being a busy 2 pump filling station about 10 years ago. Now one of the pumps is gone, and the second looks pretty run down. No idea of current status, as it was deserted, being a Sunday. My guess is that it's now being used as a (diesel only) fuelling point mainly for waggons, as it would be a bit odd to keep a clear forecourt and just one pump otherwise

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My brother live across from reliance garage (it's in Linthwaite) and it's been like that for ages. Was once really busy but just sort of died

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 08:05 PM

Sherfield English on the A27 in Hampshire between Romsey and Salisbury. I think they still sell four star here, too.

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 07:09 PM

So here's a few more I have spotted round about. First up: Colin Pitt in Otley, and although relatively modern, I think this is special - the shop is a Car-boot sale bonanza :shock:  I'm Always nipping off the the local garage to buy a 1960s tv for a tenner, you know!

 

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LRP still available, but £1.50 a litre. May still be taking the Renault if it works out cheaper than additive!

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Dacre Banks in Nidderdale had this Thrust filling station - still serving in 2015, but now the pumps are switched off! Flowers still available though, and the shop is still well stocked, so maybe it's not totally hopeless.

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Down the road in Summerbridge, the local sawmill doubles as a Hardware store, post office, and a single pump filling station - unique in my experience!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 08:57 PM

A465 Wormbridge near Hereford

 

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 09:02 PM

A465 Wormbridge near Hereford

 

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Great, I had no idea National brand was still running! Prices look very fair too. Have you ever been to the holy grail of filling stations, bearing in mind you're in Herefordshire? It's in a place called Turnastone I think, two 1950s pumps at the bottom of an old man's garden - looks like something out of Noddy!

 

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 09:09 PM

How did I not know about this^^^place! Not that far away either, I shall report back soon!


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Posted 20 November 2016 - 10:38 PM

How did I not know about this^^^place! Not that far away either, I shall report back soon!

Please do, its too far away for a day trip in my case, but I would love to visit someday.

I think these are the last clock-face pumps still dispensing fuel in the UK now. 

God knows the pump price will likely be high, but hey, use it or loose it! I know that a number of classic car clubs organise special excursions there, and if you turn up in something a bit unusual, he insists on you signing the visitors book!



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Posted 22 November 2016 - 04:34 PM

I use a Gulf station, just along from the old Swan Hunter entrance.

Guy has spunked a bit on new pumps (pull out/firehose feed) but has drained out a DERV and now pumps Red - big hit with site genny lads/20 gal plakkie fillups.

Has a 'out in the cold' fat DERV truck pump... not under the awning.

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Posted 22 November 2016 - 05:53 PM

I would be asking for the Singer service sign before it gets binned...


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Posted 22 November 2016 - 06:11 PM

 

West End Garage, Turnastone, Vowchurch, Herefordshire, HR2 0RA
 

 

 

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Posted 22 November 2016 - 06:24 PM

I would be asking for the Singer service sign before it gets binned...

Naaah fuck that - more than likely just a 2-a-penny reproduction. Or worth 50p if it isn't. The enamel UK sign hiding on the pole on the other hand........






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