Saturday, February 03, 2018

Douglas Garage of Northampton - Triumph Car Dealers 58

Douglas Garage of Northampton feature in this article.
Douglas Garage Ltd of Northampton
Douglas Garage Ltd of Northampton
Established in 1919 Douglas Garage Ltd was incorporated as a company on 25 June 1940 and dissolved on 25 October 2011.  The building shown above was built in 1937 in Sheep Street, Northampton and was demolished in 2004.  This purposed built garage at 46-50 Sheep Street was designed in the Art Deco style and included both sales and maintenance facilities with living accommodation above. 
46-50 Sheep Street, Northampton August 2016
46-50 Sheep Street, Northampton August 2016
The site has been redeveloped as flats. Prior to the Art Deco Douglas Garage being built the business had operated from the site using an older building.
Douglas Garage Standard advert May 1930
Douglas Garage Standard advert May 1930
Douglas Motor Services which was founded by and is operated by members of the Douglas family still trades from premises in Northampton.   They now restore classic cars.
Douglas Motor Services logo

Xmas display

Douglas Garage Ltd Northampton Christmas 1958 window display
Douglas Garage Ltd Northampton Christmas 1958 window display
The 1958 Christmas window display at the Douglas Garage featured a Standard Pennant.

A service week in Northampton

It was reported in the Standard Car Review May 1959 that a Service Week was held by The Douglas Garage Ltd, 46-50 Sheep Street, Northampton, Standard and Triumph Dealers, who combined the Service Week with an attractive display of spares and accessories. In the picture are Messrs. W. R. Feltham and A. G. Holmes, Service Engineers at Douglas Garage Ltd.

Promotional items

Douglas Garage branded ash tray
Douglas Garage branded ash tray
I was sent this photo of a Douglas Garage branded ash tray by Jonathan Cronin who also shared a photo of this log book cover.
Douglas Garage branded log book cover
Douglas Garage branded log book cover

Douglas address stamps




Standard Triumph dealer

Douglas Garage 1950 RAC guide advert
Douglas Garage 1950 RAC guide advert
The company held the Standard Triumph franchise over many years.

Triumph dealers in Northampton

April 1951:
Douglas Garage Ltd, 50 Sheep Street
Grose Ltd, Marefair
Arthur Mulliner Ltd, Bridge Street

C W Bament & Sons Ltd, County Garage, Northampton
C W Bament & Sons Ltd, County Garage, Northampton date unknown
October 1955:
Douglas Garage Ltd, 46/50 Sheep Street  - Distributor
W T Baker (Automobiles) Ltd, 206 Kettering Road
C W Bament & Sons Ltd, County Garage, Abington Avenue,
Chisholm Motors, Roe  Road
Redhead & Sons, Wellingborough Road - tel 1272

1959, August 1961:
Douglas Garage Ltd, 46/50 Sheep Street  - Distributor
W T Baker (Automobiles) Ltd, 206 Kettering Road
C W Bament & Sons Ltd, County Garage, Abington Avenue
Westonia Garage Ltd,  Wellingborough Road, Weston Favell - tel 32376

February 1965:
Douglas Garage Ltd, 46/50 Sheep Street  - Distributor
C W Bament & Sons Ltd, County Garage, Abington Avenue
Moto Baldet Ltd, Kingsley Park Garage
Wood Bros and Runham Ltd, 3a Campbell Street

September 1968:
Douglas Garage Ltd, 46/50 Sheep Street  - Distributor
C W Bament & Sons Ltd, County Garage, Abington Avenue
Moto Baldet Ltd, Kingsley Park Garage

March 1970:
Douglas Garage Ltd, 46/50 Sheep Street,  - Distributor
C W Bament & Sons Ltd, County Garage, Abington Avenue
Grose Ltd,  Wellingborough Road, Weston Favell NN3 3JE

March 1972:
Douglas Garage Ltd, 46/50 Sheep Street,
Grose Westonia Ltd,  Wellingborough Road, Weston Favell  - Distributor

March 1974:
Barlow Westonia Ltd,  Wellingborough Road, Weston Favell NN3 3JD - Distributor
Douglas Garage Ltd, 46/50 Sheep Street,

May 1975:
Wadham Stringer (Westonia) Ltd,  Wellingborough Road, Weston Favell NN3 3JD - Distributor
Douglas Garage Ltd, 46/50 Sheep Street,

March 1988 Austin Rover dealers:
Henlys (Midland) Ltd, Weedon Road, NN5 5DH
Douglas Garage Ltd, 46/50 Sheep Street, NN1 2NB

May 1991 Rover Group dealer:
Henlys (Midland) Ltd, Weedon Road, NN5 5DH

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Douglas Garage Ltd of Northampton, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to face book page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group .

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: Douglas Garage Ltd of Northampton from the Douglas family collection; Douglas Garage Ltd Northampton Christmas 1958 window display from the Standard Triumph Review March 1959; Douglas Garage Standard advert May 1930 from http://www.carnivalarchive.org.uk; Douglas Garage branded ash tray and Douglas Garage branded log book cover photos by Jonathan Cronin; Douglas Garage 1950 RAC guide advert from gracesguide.com; C W Bament & Sons Ltd, County Garage, Northampton date unknown image posted to facebook by Stuart Poole .
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