The other day I stumbled across this picture of an odd confection of the Tudor Garage in Crouch End.
This business used to stand next to the Hope and Anchor on Tottenham Lane on the site now occupied by North Point flats.
I'm assuming the only logic behind the Tudoresque style is the contemporary penchant for building mock-Tudor.
The business arrived at this address in 1930/31. I'm not sure if it had been operating elsewhere prior to this date.
Above the first floor on the part of building on the left of the photo, you can just about make out evidence of the company's transition to its first new name of Capital Motors.
In the mid-1950s, a new building complemented the new name.
The business subsequently changed hands and was bought by Spurling Motor Company, a north London Vauxhall dealership.
The building was demolished by the mid-1980s and the site lay empty for about ten years until the flats were built (1990s?).
I knew nothing about either of these buildings until recently. The site has a bit of a poignancy to me since the person who first brought me to N8 lived above one of the shops opposite. for the first few years that I knew it, the site was occupied by two huge billboards.
In checking on an earlier address for the Tudor Garage, I came across another early garage just down the road.
Lynne Frank & Wagstaff set up on what later became Kwik-Fit in 1919.
Below is a picture showing the front of the garage in 1963.
Both pictures come courtesy of Roger Frost on Flickr.
Lyne Frank moved out before the end of the century, but it seems that they still own the building, or that they have done until recently. (I discovered this when I searched their name on Google and was directed back to a fairly recent post on Harringay Online about a planning application to develop the site for flats).
I love this little snippet about LF& W from a 1931 local London newspaper.
This is the rear of 19 Ribblesdale in 2008 taken as the house was being converted into flats. The foreman said that the former resident had installed a full-sized church organ with the longer pipes extending from the ground floor through the ceiling into the first floor .
The building on the left looks too modern to be the chassis workshop but it may have replaced the Anderson Shelter.
I looked up John Vincent Teychenne and the Ferrestone Road address in 1951-1953 is a mistranscription. He was at 41 Church Lane if you look at the actual electoral register.
Re the mention of The Hope and Anchor public house............ sometime during the 50s/60s/70s family friends of my parents ran the pub. The lady was gorgeous as I remember and I had been brought up to call her aunty. In my later teenage years I used to call in at any excuse just to "view" this gorgeous "aunty" of mine. She really was a stunner. Can't for the life of me remember the names.
And with ref to Lotus.........my girlfriend's father worked at a garage in the Hornsey area known as Johnson Roberts Motor Engineers. Her father, Joe Brim, specialised in engines. The company did much work for Colin Chapman in the fifties/early sixties with Chapman being a regular visitor to the garage before he relocated his Lotus business to Norfolk. Girlfriend's father completed around 25 years service there retiring in 1975 to Suffolk.
I see that the ‘new’ premises “were designed by none other that the chauffeur-driven architect John Poulson...”. Is this he of the Poulson Scandal, which led to the downfall of Home Secretary Reggie Maudling in the ‘70s?
Fantastic find, Hugh - where do you get them?
Some get sent to me, some I get at archives and some I stumble across round and about.