Milsom’s Garage

We have seen this photo before on this blog, in connection with the Milsom family but this copy is sharper and shows more of the car on the right. It has damage, but we think it is worth seeing again.

Milsom's Garage, Market Lavington with an interesting collection of cars in 1937

Milsom’s Garage, Market Lavington with an interesting collection of cars in 1937

Let’s start by dating the photo. Our museum documentation gives a date of 1937 and there is evidence here to prove that is certainly within plus or minus 2 years.

The garage sold Essolene petrol

The garage sold Essolene petrol

This style of bulb sign, for Essolene petrol, was, apparently, only in use from 1935 to 1939. So we’ll be happy with that 1937 date.

Mr Milsom may well have been flying Union flags because of the coronation in 1937.

We have no expertise on cars but the leading car looks to have a Jaguar motif on the bonnet. As far as we know such cars appeared in 1935. There will be car experts out there who know more than us and who can tell us what each of the cars actually are.

The garage, it seems, had an agency for Morris cars.

Morris Cars at R. Milsom motor and general engineer

Morris Cars at R. Milsom motor and general engineer

The old garage has completely gone now but the name is remembered for the new houses built in this area have an address of Milsom Court.

This is a delightful period photo of Church Street in Market Lavington.

There is one person in the photo.

Was this Mr Milson - or maybe a member of the workforce?

Was this Mr Milson – or maybe a member of the workforce?

We do not know who this is but just maybe he’d be recognised.

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3 Responses to “Milsom’s Garage”

  1. Jjohn Burgess Says:

    I can remember Mr Milsoms garage. Up the little entrance there was a petrol pump where you had to wind the handle up and down to get your fuel. My dad Cliff Burgess always got fuel here and we as kids delight in turning the handle.

  2. Phil F . Says:

    One thing I remember was the garage heating. It was one of the old cast iron stoves that seems to be used in all the schools and halls,but this one did not burn coal,it burnt old oil from the garage cars. Mr milsom had made a compressed air burner which blew in the oil,but also a slow drip of water. This is quite common in workshops today,but this was some 60 years ago. I don’t know if it was his invention or not,but way ahead of its time.
    It was Mr milsoms daughter who took me to Salisbury to take me round the driving test route,but I still failed the first test ,but passed the second.

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