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Motopolis - The North London Car Industry


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5 minutes ago, martc said:

I live hundreds of miles from that there London, so apologies for the following ignorance - but does Scammel at Watford count as 'London'?

Watford is very much Hertfordshire.  

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I'm taking as my guide for this occasional series the old County of Middlesex - I even have my 1951 Pevsner with me...but areas further out were all part of this local car-ecology - so Rootes and Bedford at Dunstable, Vauxhall at Luton as well as anything in Hertfordshire.

The arc of light-industry that ringed London to the North in the 20's -60's.



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Some interesting transport architecture up here.

Park Royal with it's 30's tube station  designed by Day, Welch & Lander in an Art Deco/Streamline Moderne style influenced by the Underground's principal architect Charles Holden and opened in 1931.

Pevsner included it in his 1951 Buildings of England.






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Lotus! Started in the garages behind a pub in North London somewhere, as I recall, then a dedicated factory which is now a Jewsons or something (there's a plaque to Chapman on the wall) - 7 Tottenham Lane, London N8 9DJ

Will you include Cooper as a manufacturer? If so, get thee to IVEY HOUSE, Hollyfield Rd, Surbiton KT5 9AJ. 

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A private 1960's estate - by then the car was firmly entrenched in the look of places.

(Shows how good 60's architecture can be when it's maintained.)


Inter-War Tudor-bethan... here they kept the Morris  10's and Austin 7's in garage courts round the back - producing a different environment.




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Phew. That's it.   Collected my cutting compound from the specialist suppliers up here.


Now for some coffee and cake...


I hope you have enjoyed this Metroland tour. 

I looked in Action Cemetery on the way back. Bit more local history.


Thread to be continued when I get time up there. Fascinating area - mostly fields until about 1920.





So I will keep posting. 🙋


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