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Newbury - Marchants Garages 1972 - Before the Sandleford Link was built


Marchants Garages in 1972. This photograph was taken before the Burger King (formerly Gowrings) Roundabout and the Sandleford Link.

The Ring Road (A34 in those days) swept round into St John’s Road and on to the St John’s Roundabout where the Ring Road terminated. The A34 then continued on its original (50’s route) up the Newtown Hill, past the Rokeby (now demolished) and what was then the infamous Camp Close.

Marchants was a Vauxhall Garage. Our picture shows the main frontage which was the showroom for new cars and the parts department, with the filling station at the front. The workshops were in the buildings at the rear (shown on the left of the picture)

The pub was the Adam and Eve and was demolished in 1976 to make way for the new roundabout.

Queens Road ran to the left of the Adam and Eve and Greenham Road went off to the right (in those days 2 separate roads at this junction).

For car enthusiasts, the front car is a Ford Cortina (possibly a Corsair) and the second car is a Triumph 2000.