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The History of Alston Road Garage

There has been a garage on this site since the First World War. Bradley’s operated & repaired steam wagons; taking barytes, limestone & whinstone to Middleton Railway Station & beyond. After the War, Ralph Gowland bought the business operating mainly ex-war petrol wagons of various makes transporting the same types of materials. The first two pictures show the business, vehicles & staff in this period around 1925 with the current owner’s grandfather, Walter Tallentire, working as Senior Mechanic. The retail repair & vehicle supply side of the business was now developing. In 1933 Walter became a partner in the business & it became Alston Road Garage. The third picture shows Walter with partner Vince Allinson about 1938. Note the ‘battery’ shaped delivery van! In 1950 the wagons were sold out to Beadles; & the business concentrated on Car, Tractor & Agricultural Equipment supply & repair. In the 1970s & 80s the agricultural side declined; with Car & light/medium commercial repairs & The Ford Dealership taking the lead. The business also won some school contracts & this aspect grew significantly in the 90s & 00s. In 2013 Alston Road Garage employed 20 full & part time staff in the dealership & as drivers.

A family owned Dealership established 1933.

This photo on the present site in 1925 dates from when the current owner's grandfather, Walter Tallentire was Senior Mechanic before becoming a partner in 1933.

A Ford Dealer since 1963

The picture in the showroom shows Ian Tallentire and one of the new cars being supplied on 1st September 2011. This Ford Fiesta to Trevor Coates.

More Photos dating back from 1964