Lenham Garage, Harrietsham, Kent
One of the oldest motor garages still in operation.
Period of construction:
1900 - 1949
Transport Trust plaque:
Lenham Sportscars, West Street, Harrietsham, Kent, ME17 1HX
In the workshop at this small country garage there is a document showing that the original business was established in 1910. This makes it one of the oldest motor garages in the country still in business.
No claim would be made for the aesthetic quality of the building but it is substantially original and inside contains shelves and work benches typical of a traditional country garage.
The petrol pumps are no longer in use but have been refurbished.
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Permanently viewable externally and open during normal business hours.
How To Find:
By road: Off A20 in the village centre.
By rail: Five minutes walk from Lenham Railway Station
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