MEMORY LANE: Nostalgic pictures show changing face of A6 Newtown garage site

This image of a filling station on the A6 at Newtown, with viaduct behind, dates back to the late 1920s. Photo: New Mills Local History Society.
This image of a filling station on the A6 at Newtown, with viaduct behind, dates back to the late 1920s. Photo: New Mills Local History Society.

The recent ‘25 years ago’ section on our nostalgia page featured a photograph of the Paragon Garage at Newtown in 1990.

The picture prompted a response from local historian Derek Brumhead, who submitted this fascinating image of the same location, dating back to the late 1920s, from the photographic archives of the New Mills Local History Society.

The former Shell garage at Newtown in 1990. Note the price of unleaded, which stood at 38.3p a litre.

The former Shell garage at Newtown in 1990. Note the price of unleaded, which stood at 38.3p a litre.

Explaining its history, Mr Brumhead said: “A garage was first built on this site about 1927 by Joe Bold, when it showed the classic lines of a garage of that early motoring period.”

The photograph is from the New Mills Local History Society’s photographic web site (Ref n00744) www.picturenewmills.org.uk, which features over 13,000 images of New Mills old and new.