The Central Garage, run by Arthur Moore and Sons, was a dominant feature in Great Witley in the 20th century, stretching from the Worcester Road through to the Stourport Road. The site has now been redeveloped but this aerial photograph shows the scale of the business premises.
The photograph gives us a glimpse of motoring from the past. Some of the identifiable vehicles suggest the photograph dates from the very late 1960s or early 1970s. In this period Arthur Moore and Sons were main agents for both Volkswagen and Saab Cars, and Volkswagen Beetles, Volkswagen Variant hatchbacks and estate models together with a number of Volkswagen Transporter pick up trucks can clearly be seen. It is believed that examples of the Volkswagen K 70 model are also present – these may have been the first Volkswagens model to feature a water cooled engine, a departure from the Volkswagen tradition of air cooled engines. A number of Saab 96 V4 estates, saloons and Saab 99 cars can be seen. The flat roofed area of the building adjacent to the Stourport Road was the showroom and sales area, the remainder of the buildings housing servicing and parts departments. Two red Regent petrol pumps can be seen adjacent to the footpath on the Worcester Road. The main fuel sales being made at the nearby filling station, also owned by Arthur Moore at the junction of the Bromyard and Worcester Road. Clearly identifiable in the parking area to the right of the garage near Stourport Road are examples of Austin A 35 and A 60 vans. A Triumph Herald is parked near the showroom. Could that be a red Austin 1800 travelling right to left on the Worcester Road?.
A fascinating glimpse of a long gone era of motoring.
Please also see our page with details of the famous coaches built by Arthur Moore & Sons.