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How the car changed our landscape and way of life
Life in the UK today revolves around cars but it wasn’t always so. It has taken a little over 100 years for the car to colonise our country, snaking tarmac across it, dictating how and where we build, ingraining itself on the way we live. For better or for worse, the British landscape has become a ‘carscape’ and here’s how it happened.
This gallery charts the story of how the car shaped Britain, with pictures from the book Carscapes, The Motor Car, Architecture and Landscape by Kathryn A Morrison and John Minnis, as well as other sources.
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Another mistake I have spotted - photo 13 , it"s not Effingham street , it"s Effingham ROAD . The area is now very run-down after the steel works closed , but the building and little office were in use till recently as a secondhand car sales ,the last time I passed it was all scrapyards & industrial units . There is a much more interesting petrol station about 6 miles away in Dalton Brook ,near Rotherham , it"s similar to the garage in photo 14 but much ,much bigger and has a car on the roof or I should say on the mushroom . For many years it was a Rover dealers and the car was a old Rover P.6 ,when they became worth something they removed it . Petrol then was 5 shillings & 2 d.
Trouble was if you were on a wage of £20 you were super rich . My first house , not ex-council was £ 650 in 1967 . EE - them wor the days ! .
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