Item BCA - 2019.1938 - Hughes' Garage in Cheapside in 1966

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BCA - 2019.1938

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Hughes' Garage in Cheapside in 1966

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  • 1966 (Creation)

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The garage in the Market Square was in existence at the start of the C20th when Oliver Onesipherous Collett owned and ran it. Around the middle of the twentieth century it was bought by Len Hughes and it's interesting to note that he left the name of Collett up above the entrance to the garage.
The garage and workshops were behind what is now Exeter House which is immediately to the left of the driveway you can see to the garage and Cromwell House and the petrol pumps were stuck right outside Cromwell House.
Len's son Jim, known by the nickname of Buster to many drove the coaches, including school runs and private hire. He took the Morris Dancers under squire Francis Shergold on a 10 day tour of the the Republic of Ireland in 1968. There was a shop with the garage where Elsie Hughes, Len's wife, sold newspapers, knitting wool and pattern and sweets and general stationery. Elsie was also skilled in iced cake decorating.

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