- mid twentieth century (Creation)
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Don Rouse recalls - "Central Garage was owned by a Mr Fayre at the time Dickie Alan’s was front of shop manager selling bikes oil, petrol etc. Bill Hudson, Frank’s dad was quite high up in the Tractor division. There were so many different makes of tractors at that time, you name a colour and there was a Tractor in it, yellow, orange, green, red, and of course the Ferguson was a boring grey, until they copied the David Brown Red. With so many people involved in farming there was so much banter as to which make performed the best. Pubs were full of chatter, boasts and challenges. Joe Stephens and myself are still at it today just like Bill Hudson and I were 60 years ago. The only thing Fergies had going for them was that they were so small that if you got stuck you could pick them up and move them onto dry land!!!!"
The garage stored the tractors at the back where, later, Meath Engineering were and it's now CBL Electric Vehicle Ltd.
Ian Morris recalls - "Central Garage was owned by my father between 1969 and about 1982. They moved out to Grafton (nr Clanfield) whilst still owning the garage workshop round the back where Meath Engineering was also located."
Dave Taylor recalls - " Tom Yateman from Burford was workshop foreman, Reg Jones from Bampton, Pete Haines and Pete Long from Clanfield used to be mechanics there."
At one time you could even buy a gas cooker from the garage.
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- Bampton Community Archive (Creator)