Shown below is an old photo-postcard featuring the Esso petrol station, once situated
at Blacksmith's Corner in Clavering. Just how different is this scene to the modern
filling station!!! Many old garages started out as cycle repair shops attached to
the site of a domestic house, then graduated into automobile repairs in the early
20th Century, with fuel coming along later as the roadside petrol pump gained in
popularity. Prior to the pump, fuel (or motor spirit as it was known) was distributed
in two gallon fuel tins.
A six cylinder Ford Mk2 Convertible seen in 1962.
A road, with shops and cars in view, somewhere in the UK during the swinging sixties
No mention of location or date is given on the reverse of this old photo, so unless
someone recognises this location, it will have to remain anonymous. Looking at the
cars in shot, it would have been taken in the mid to late 1960s, when parking restrictions
were few, and the number of foreign-built cars even fewer. Every vehicle in this
photograph was built in the UK, which really drives home just how badly we've slipped
away from being a dominant car manufacturing country. Nearest the camera, parked
at the kerb outside this row of shops, is a Hillman Minx, and a Morris Mini-Minor
registration number 3239 NT a little further away parked outside the local Ironmongers.
In front of the Mini is one of Luton's finest, a boxy 4 door FC-series Vauxhall Victor,
a model that first broke cover at the Motor Show in October 1964. This car was registered
DWD 739C, dating it to 1965ish.