22/02/2013 13:48 | By Steve Walker
How the car shaped Britain

How the car changed our landscape and way of life



How the car changed Britain's landscape and way of life. (© Carscapes, The Motor Car, Architecture and Landscape)
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  • How the car changed Britain's landscape and way of life. (© Carscapes, The Motor Car, Architecture and Landscape)
  • Horse-drawn High Holborn – 1900 (© English Heritage / Carscapes, The Motor Car, Architecture and Landscape)
  • The car is coming – 1902 (© Carscapes, The Motor Car, Architecture and Landscape)
  • Driving school – 1905 (© Carscapes, The Motor Car, Architecture and Landscape)
  • The car showroom is born – 1905 (© National Motor Museum / Carscapes, The Motor Car, Architecture and Landscape)
  • The UK’s first car garage – 1910 (© English Heritage)
  • Mass car production – 1925 (© English Heritage / Carscapes, The Motor Car, Architecture and Landscape)
  • Fuel stop – 1926 (© English Heritage)
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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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23/02/2013 12:50
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Whats NOT mentioned is that the car and all aspects of motoring has given governments, especially this one, a green light to TAX us till it till we drop.
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This is Bluewater in Kent, Lakeside is in Thurrock Essex!
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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 ! .

23/02/2013 15:26
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2,6 million or 2 POINT 6 million..? 21/24
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That's Bluewater in Kent, Lakeside in in Essex!
27/02/2013 16:20
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I used to pass this filling station when travelling to and from work.  It was run down then and closed.  I never knew its history until now.
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