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Townsends Garages Ltd
Townsend's site
Townsends site looking towards Crabb Street c1950 and a Yorks bus

The original business started here In the 1950s
The company started in 1919, first as carriers at Park Place, and gradually expanded into vehicle repairs and sales.

By 1948 the garage buisness was separated as G C Townsend & Son as Haulage Contractors and Furniture Removers and as Townsends (Garages) Ltd at 54 High Street South. They took over the site where Lewis' blacksmiths once stood, and were dealing in Ford and Fordson.

In 1953 the original building (demolished in 1954) is clearly seen behind the petrol pumps. In 1967 this area was again cleared and a new forecourt with covered area over the pumps was built.

In 1973 Townsend Carriers was sold off, but the garage business continued, under the direction of Don Gibson, and later his son Robert, until finally closing down in 2006. A sale of all plant, vehicles and equipment was held on November 21st 2006, when over 600 items were auctioned.

Two photographs, courtesy of Rushden Museum

Rushden Echo, 21st March 1919
first advert
Staff c1950s - Courtesy of the late Colin Bryant's Collection
Delivering fuel
Townsend's Garage with two large tankers delivering fuel c1965


This advert is from a book cover for Countryside Libraries Ltd
Advert - blotter
A postcard advert with blotting paper backing

South End school left and Townsends
Aerial view - South End school left and Townsends extensive property right

A pencil
Townsends (Carriers) Limited pencil

Forecourt & sales
New reception & workshops
Inside the workshop
Forecourt and Showroom,

New Reception & Workshop
with parts delivery/collection van
and breakdown truck

and interior of Workshop in 1967

Photos by Willmott Photographic
Courtesy of Clive Wood

The Firm in 1979

The Catalogue showing some of the equipment used in the garage.
Catalogue cover
More equipment

Some of the equipment
and more equipment

1970s van

Les Collins
Les Collins c1975

This is the van driven by
Les Collins in the 1970s.
He was the parts
delivery/collection driver.

Ken Daly - retires

DShortly before closing, 2006
In 2006 shortly before they ceased trading.

From the High Causeway - getting ready for demolition of Townsend's in 2009
The site of this business was cleared and a block of flats built in 2008/9.

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