Created By: ODHS
Brock's Garage, a popular garage, closed only recently. Brock's was one of three garages in the town that sold petrol using gantries that swung out over the pavement. The other two garages were Sowman's on the South side of the Market Place, and Soul's in High South opposite Alleluia Lamp-post. All three garages sold, maintained and repaired vehicles from those premises from broadly the 1930s to the 1980s - 2010s.
Three earlier farmyards which were fully operational up to around the 1970s are visible from this Garage. The farm buildings on all three sites are now barn conversions. Town Farm (farmed by Longlands then Pibworths) is the large house on the west side of the High Street, Kitcheners farmyard was on the east side almost next door to Brock's Garage, and Colsons farmyard was in Dartmouth Road (adjacent to the bus shelter). Cows from these farms were driven from the meadows up and down the High Street for milking on a daily basis well into the mid 1950s.
1898 6 hp 2 cylinder Daimler Wagonette Body built by Mulliner of Northampton and owned by the Newport Pagnell Motor Bus Company
The photo (above) provides evidence that cows did traverse the High Street, albeit in 1898 in this instance, and continued to do so regularly up to the mid 1950s as stated earlier. Unfortunately we cannot identify the cows but the vehicle is a 1898 6 hp 2 cylinder Daimler Wagonette Body built by Mulliner of Northampton and owned by the Newport Pagnell Motor Bus Company.
It is also worth noting that the buildings visible in the image on the west side of the High Street remain structurally unchanged after 120 years. (photo taken from an upstairs window of the 'corner shop' on Dartmouth Road).
When the traffic permits please take care and crossover the High Street to Town Farm, a more favourable position to talk about the Knoll.
'Town Farm' is an C18 Grade II listed property and is a splendid example of an in-town farmhouse and farmyard. The entrance to the farmyard was on the north side of this extensive property.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Olney High Street - Heritage Trail (Version 1)