Petrol

Wells Road Garage

Proprietor: Albert “Harry” Henry Francis. Location: Wells Road, Glastonbury. Years of Operation: c.1935-1961. Sold: Various (including: National Benzole, BP, Cleveland). Interviewee(s): Mrs. Sheila Thyer and Mrs. Brenda Bisgrove, daughters of Mr. Francis. The 1930s was a time when not many people had jobs. “You’d do anything to earn something…” Mrs. Thyer tells me. Indeed this…

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Piltown Filling Station

Proprietor(s): Barclay Vincent John Hillyer, and son John Stuart Hillyer. Location: A376, Piltown, West Pennard. Years of Operation: 1951-Present Sold: Originally Esso, now according to value. Interviewee(s): John Stuart Hillyer. Barclay Vincent John Hillyer, known locally as Bert, was a character born of a haunting past. Bert fought in South-East Asia during the Second World…

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West End Service Station

Proprietor: Maurice Hillyer. Location: West End, Street. Years of Operation: 1954-74. Sold: Esso Petrol. Interviewee(s): Mrs. Pauline Hillyer, Maurice’s widow. The Hillyer’s West End Service Station opened in 1954, serving Esso petrol from the outset. The petrol was originally served by an attendant or engineer, before moving to self-service. The garage offered many services besides:…

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Moorlinch Garage

Proprietor(s): Mike Dean (d) & Mike Howe. Location: Moor Road, Moorlinch. Years of Operation: 1976-Present. Sold: Cleveland, BP, Butler. Now diesel-only. Interviewee(s): Mike Howe. Mike Howe is not happy about the decline of the motor industry. He first started work at Harris Motors, Keward, near Wells. He recalls how they would offer their customers a…

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Curtis & Sons Garage

Proprietor(s): Ern & Roger Curtis. Location: High Street, Butleigh. Years of Operation: 1947-74. Sold: National Benzole and Power Petrol, later Butler. Interviewee(s): Roger Curtis. The Butleigh filling station is one keenly remembered by Somerset people, but not one particularly well documented. I had been given a family phone number by a mechanic at a local…

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