Grosvenor Garage 1937.jpg

Grosvenor Garage 1937.jpg

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A view of the Grosvenor Garage on Burnage Lane from 1937.

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1937

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graham lake

Worked therel 63 until 79. First job straight from school. Great memories. Main agents for Jag Rover Triumph Alvis. Before everything was computerised. The bosses son Jack Freeman died of I think cancer so the old man sold out. I seem to remember an outfit called theAlan Lewis group bought it. Then Henlys took over- not sure what year. It was eventually demolished and replaced with the Millstone pub and that was replaced with the flats. A wonderful place to start my working life.

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I hope this reaches you Graham.  Joining Henlys and working with you as your apprentice was a fabulous start to my working life.  I have often looked on the web to try to get in touch and thank you for being a person who made a real difference to my life.  Many happy memories.

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Angela Lake

David hi, I remember you well. Good to hear someone from grosvenor is still alive and kicking. I was just looking at some old pics of Burnage and drifted back onto this site again. Thanks for your nice comments. It was a great place to work wasn't it. We had some fun but got the jobs done as well. Yeh Prescott was one of many managers who " passed through ". His initials were J G P - better known to us as the jolly green pig!. Some other names you may or may not recall - Pete henshaw (was foreman but maybe pre you ) Dennis timmis, Dave peake, Pete sharples, Martin lampton, ozzy Osbourne, David bell ( was service manager ) , Arthur William's ( was servicfe manager ) bill cairns (was on reception) When I left in 79 I set up a small garage in Manchester in an old railway arch specializing  in jag rover and triumph. Bloody freezing in winter. Pulled out after 5 years and got in with my brother in law who was fitting solar film and safety film to glazing for a small company in Yorkshire. Then we set up on our own in 95 until I retired in 2013. I'm  71 now! Doesn't time fly!. I hope things have turned out well for you. Don't know when you will read this but today is  7- 10 - 19. Kind regards Graham.

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Hi Graham, Lovely to hear from you via the old Burnage site which I had another look at this morning.  I remember many of the people you mention in your post, Dave Peake with the beautiful Healey 3 litre, Peter henshaw forman during my time there and David Bell interviewed me.  Other people I remember, Dave Barrat who I think went to live in Australia, Patrick, Harry Gregg, Vince and Ollie...  If you read this drop me an email david@dvharries.co.uk

Kind regards

David

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Kevin Taylor

Hi Graham, I worked at Henlys and I remember you well I was in the parts department with John Rigby, it was my first job from school thanks to my dad "Jack"who worked in the bodyshop.

I remember you starting your business "Lake and Allen" with Allen Cooke in Trafford Street Manchester.

I can remember quite a few of the people you mention especially Jeremy Presscott and John Jollys others I remember are a salesman called Jim Garin, a grumpy old git in parts called Russell 

I remember Ozzy well and his sidekick Ron Broadbent, PJ Docherty, Errol Gaynor, Alan Marsden in Parts you nick named him "Deadballs" not sure why now!, Ted Morley, John Carter, Marie in the office who lived in the house next door, who could forget Martin Lampton went out on many a boozy night with him and Ozzy, Eddie Whitworth on service reception who I remember going on a test drive in a Daimler limousine hurse with his pal from reception and parking it up outside the butty shop on Burnage Lane while Eddie lay in the back with a job card over his face, when he noticed a crowd of old ladies looking in he suddenly jumped up and scared them. 

I used to see Steve Yates now and then but saddly he is no longer with us.

Amazing days when I look back, days when you could have fun at work and boy did'nt we just.

I hope I find you well mate I write this on the 20th September 2020.

Kevin Taylor

 

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  1. I worked at Henlys Burnage ,selling Austin cars. I enjoyed it .I was there in the 1980s I can't remember my manager's name sadly. But what a great place to work

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David Harries

I worked there in the 1970s and at the time I left the manager was Jeremy Prescott, one of the sales team may have been called John Jollys.  A lovely place to work.

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  1. I worked at Henlys Burnage ,selling Austin cars. I enjoyed it .I was there in the 1980s I can't remember my manager's name sadly. But what a great place to work

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Timothy

Nice post.

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Graham Lake

Well blimey Kevin Taylor another  ex grosvenor employee. How are you pal. It's good to hear from you. I certainly remember you and your dad Jack. Yes John Rigby assisted by as you say that grumpy old git Russell Hibbert. Do you remember when I wired up the spark plug tester to the stores metal top counter and gave him a belt. That woke him up and gave him something else to moan about. Also he took a tray full of mugs in the toilet to wash them and slipped on the wet floor. Dropped the lot. I think the funniest was when he took the moggie van to Piccadilly station to collect a jag engine in a crate. On the way back he had to brake a bit quick. The crate slide forward into the back of his seat and pinned him against the steering wheel. A policeman and pedestrian dragged him out. We never heard the last of that. I couldn't stop laughing. We sure did have some laughs but also got through the work. Some more names you may or may not recall. Chris Bennett,  Laurie Stevens, Colin Knape.( he drove home pissed one Xmas and hit a tree) , Tim Barrow. Also a guy called Arthur Moorhouse was parts manager for a while ( he answered the phone with " hello the north cheshire rapist !!!!! " ). Ronnie Gilligan was another name I remember. They were good times.

I hope life worked out good for you Kev.

I've been retired for seven years and married to Angie for 47 - doesn't time fly. I'm seventy bloody two now!!!!    My e mail address is grahamlake@hotmail.co.uk if you want to contact me. Don't know if or when you'll see this but today's date is December 4th.

Take care 

Cheers

Graham.

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Mark Madden

hi, bit of a long shot but does anybody remember my sister Marie Madden. She worked there in the late 70s. Her friend also worked there, Brenda Rafferty?

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