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Hopkins Garage.

By the late 1960s, many items of garage paperwork had lost the stylistic charm of those issued by many garages several decades before, as a look around this section of the site will confirm. Happily, Hopkins Garage of Bideford in Devon continued with relatively stylish paperwork - in this case, an invoice for work done to an unspecified Austin motor-car, performed in September 1968. The work required a repair to the exhaust silencer, plus the fabrication of a new rear bumper bracket. A significant sum for petrol already purchased on account was also included on the invoice.
Hopkins Garage was situated on Meddon Street in Bideford. As well as being suppliers of any make of car, specifically they were authorised dealers for "Standard Triumph" vehicles, although by this time (1968) no cars bearing the Standard badge were available new, and hadn't been for some time, although the company still existed utilising both names officially until 1970, after which just "Triumph" remained in use. Just as Standard cars had disappeared by then, a look on Streetview now at Meddon Street reveals no obvious garage building to give clue as to where this establishment was located. There are signs of a plot having been cleared away to give access to land behind a row of houses, where new developments have taken place, so my guess is that this is the reason for any signs of the garage having disappeared.
Hopkins Garage, Bideford
The client in this instance was Burrows Electrical Ltd, of Bridge Street in the town. Not for the first time has this company's name appeared on garage-related paperwork here on OCC. A post-war invoice issued by Warmingtons Garage (1949) to the same company can be found on this page, while here is a receipt issued by Board's Garage (also in Bideford) recording the purchase of a new Ford Thames 5cwt van, in 1964.
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