Carscapes: How the Motor Car Reshaped England

Things to do

Wellington Arch

Until Sun Jul 6

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    Wellington Arch and Hyde Park Corner, about 1930

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    Preston Bus Station and Car Park, Preston, Lancashire

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    Coventry Market Car Park, listed Grade II

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    Esso Filling Station. A6, Leicester. Listed Grade II

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    Argyll's Showroom, Newman Street, Central London, 1905

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    Top Hole Roads Early motoring on unsuitable roads was dirty and treacherous, with pneumatic tyres tearing up the road surfaces in clouds of dust. Durable and well-drained road surfaces were critical to the development of motoring.

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    West London Audi, M4, West London. Car showrooms have travelled far from the adapted high street shops of the 1910s. Designed by Wilkinson Eyre, this curved glass-fronted building is one of the most expensive modern showrooms.

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    Ford, Dagenham, Essex. When it opened in 1931, the Ford factory on the banks of the Thames at Dagenham was the largest car factory in Europe and one of the most spectacular industrial plants in the south of England.

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    Anglo-American Oil Company (Pratts) Filling Station, Euston Road, London. This was one of the earliest filling stations to open in London. It was built to a very high standard by F.D. Huntington in 1922 and photographed by the renowned Bedford Lemere & Co

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    Metropolitan traffic policeman, Fleet Street, London, 1960. In 1960, traffic police on point duty still had a role in controlling London traffic. However, automatic traffic lights and roundabouts were increasingly used to marshal junctions.

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    An early AA Filling Station, Stump Cross, Essex. This was one of the six filling stations built by the Automobile Association in 1919-20, the first to be opened in Great Britain, and originally selling only British-made benzole.

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    Michelin Building, Fulham Road, London. Listed Grade II

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    East Sheen Service Station.

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Wellington Arch and Hyde Park Corner, about 1930

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Jane Sutton

Great fun little exhibition, just right for amusing kids and enticing them to walk round Hyde Park afterwards!

Chris Turner

Fascinating and superb selection of photos from the early days of motoring, really bringing it home how the car has changed all our lives - and not just visually. And with today's technological developments and the impact of climate change, the images also encourage us to ponder what the future will bring...