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12-09-2006, 20:49   #1
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Did anyone work at the commercial garage 1979 until it closed?
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13-09-2006, 22:30   #2
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Did anyone work at the commercial garage 1979 until it closed?
savile st was bentleys address
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14-09-2006, 18:48   #3
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bentleys had a saville street...they used that for cars.
Commercial repairs where done at attercliffe road (its the site now used by winchester cars)
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14-09-2006, 23:11   #4
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Whatever happened to Andy Bentley. Boss man late 60's/70's I think. Same school in 50's. Joe Cocker as well.
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15-09-2006, 09:01   #5
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IIRC an ex-employee of ours used to be the accountant (or at least worked in the accounts office) at Bentley's on Saville Street. He came to our business in 1979 to work for my late father. His name (accountant) was John Wright and he worked for us for twenty years.

He told me that Bentley's went belly-up after one of the brothers took on a massive loan to finance the new showroom that was built on the site (maybe across the road)? against the interests of the other directors.

Guess I ought to add 'allegedly' to these comments.

Oh, and didn't Bentley's have a showroom near to where the University tramstop is (when the road was single carriage)?
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18-09-2006, 00:26   #6
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IIRC an ex-employee of ours used to be the accountant (or at least worked in the accounts office) at Bentley's on Saville Street. He came to our business in 1979 to work for my late father. His name (accountant) was John Wright and he worked for us for twenty years.

He told me that Bentley's went belly-up after one of the brothers took on a massive loan to finance the new showroom that was built on the site (maybe across the road)? against the interests of the other directors.

Guess I ought to add 'allegedly' to these comments.

Oh, and didn't Bentley's have a showroom near to where the University tramstop is (when the road was single carriage)?
you are right on the reason for closing.
Where do you mean near the tramstop?
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18-09-2006, 08:45   #7
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you are right on the reason for closing.
Where do you mean near the tramstop?
Between University roundabout and Glossop Road/Hanover Way (?) junction.

It was, IIRC, a single storey building on the left hand side of the carriageway as you travel away from the University roundabout toward Glossop Road. There was a back lane between this building and the barracks (which front Glossop Road and Gell Street).

I'm sure there used to be Vauxhalls and Opels in the showroom windows hence leading to my belief that it was part of Bentley's.
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19-09-2006, 08:39   #8
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Hi dont know about that,was it a long time ago?.

The other vauxhall dealer in sheffield was turret motor co could it have been them?.
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19-09-2006, 09:46   #9
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Hi dont know about that,was it a long time ago?.

The other vauxhall dealer in sheffield was turret motor co could it have been them?.
I recall going past the place on a bus which took my class to Glossop Road swimming baths. That would have been 1978/1979.

(As a side note, the lime drink I used to get from the vending machine in the foyer at Glossop Road baths used to cost 7p!)
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21-10-2011, 14:14   #10
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Hiya I worked at Bentley Bros at Attercliffe road when i left school in 1970 Left in 1978 to go to National Travel (Old SUT) i met my old man at Bentleys he worked in Engine Shop. I was in the office. Managers at the time i started was Fred Thorpe, Harland Renshaw Dick Williams. Good days, until John Croft, came did not get on with him, he use to send me up to Savile street in stores office. Maiden Name Lindley

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I recall going past the place on a bus which took my class to Glossop Road swimming baths. That would have been 1978/1979.

(As a side note, the lime drink I used to get from the vending machine in the foyer at Glossop Road baths used to cost 7p!)
It was Fred Wilsons then Turret motor co.
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16-11-2011, 06:46   #12
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I went to Greenhill County School with a David Bentley in the 1950s. I believe he was the owners son and the family lived somewhere close to Meadowhead. Should David read this post then I have a couple of school class photos with him on and would be happy to forward them or give them to him when I visit Sheffield in a few weeks time.
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16-11-2011, 12:43   #13
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I went to Greenhill County School with a David Bentley in the 1950s. I believe he was the owners son and the family lived somewhere close to Meadowhead. Should David read this post then I have a couple of school class photos with him on and would be happy to forward them or give them to him when I visit Sheffield in a few weeks time.
I think you have the wrong Bentleys,the brothers who owned the one in the Wicker both lived on Norwood Rd I believe but not in the same house.the one you know will be Vernon Bentleys Abbeydale rd motorcycles son he had two sons David and Mick.
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17-11-2011, 17:24   #14
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I worked at bentleys in the 70,s in the budget rent a car part, i valetted their cars when they came back after being rented out, bob bradshaw worked there and i forgot the managers name there was a macanic garage above because i ended up going out with one of them.
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18-11-2011, 10:29   #15
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I worked at bentleys in the 70,s in the budget rent a car part, i valetted their cars when they came back after being rented out, bob bradshaw worked there and i forgot the managers name there was a macanic garage above because i ended up going out with one of them.
Vic Ellwis was in charge of the cars in and out of the sales and delivery side and the drivers.
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My dad was the bodyshop foreman for Bentley brothers at Coleford Road until they closed down. The idea was to centralise the dealership to the new premises at Savile Street but the business went bust weeks before the big move. The story went that Peter Bentley had borrowed so much money to fund the building and as soon as any equipment was moved in it became liable for business rates. My dad always said that if the Vauxhall Cavalier had been launched a few weeks earlier it would have saved them.
He went back to work there when it was taken over by Charles Clarke ltd looking after the new car stock and I worked there for a while when they expanded the car compounds further down towards Forgemasters. We used to take delivery of all new cars coming from Luton and Ellesmere Port,check for damage and anything missing then stack them away and log them on to stock also ferrying cars out when sold or swapped.Our manager was John Walker but we used to work with Vic Elwis daily.When I think back it was a very busy place with car sales,bodyshop,parts department,commercial sales,truck workshop,car workshop and recovery service all on one site.
It always seemed that a lot of Bentleys staff had gone there and just carried on,some of them in different jobs but just pleased to be back at work! I remember Fred Thorpe,Bob Bradshaw,Arnold Sowerby,Gerry Barton and loads of others that I can't put names to at the moment. I think I know who you are Bullerboy,did you drive the recovery wagons?
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03-12-2011, 17:03   #17
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Hi,bikerdave,I never worked at Bentleys but I had a lot of connections with them,Ray Jowle might be who you are thinking of,Vic Elwis was a suberb mechanic and I did a few years training with him.He first started work for Charlie Brammall at the bottom of Stannington rd in the late fourties he went on to brammalls ford on Queens rd then to Waldot and on to montys before going to the steelworks then he was sales manager four at least ten years at Weirhead for Lewis Lenzeni.He was a rough talking bugger but a top man,we were friends until he died.I knew Albert Stokes in warranty claims, Ray Bates in the workshop and all the counter staff,more by looks than names.You may know me through bikes hence my user name.
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bikerdave ,I drove the recovery trucks for waldot and the Foden 6 legger for warringtons transport along with Ray Jowle.Happy days,now they have put me out to grass but I am still biking at 70.
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21-12-2011, 01:38   #19
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Hi dont know about that,was it a long time ago?.

The other vauxhall dealer in sheffield was turret motor co could it have been them?.
Turret were Opel dealers then.
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21-12-2011, 02:04   #20
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you are right on the reason for closing.
Where do you mean near the tramstop?
The rot set in earlier when Bentley's had the bright idea of buying Jack Marshalls - Fiat Dealers .which was a disaster !

it didn't do much for Vauxhall customer loyalty when at least two of the Bentleys went swanning around in top of the range Fiat Coupe's ( the ones with the Ferrari engine up front )

In the 70's . Bentleys Had the Commercial vehicle garage , Engine repair shop, Diesel pump + Injector shop and main stores depts on Attercliffe Rd / Saville St.

Towards the Wicker were the accounts / offices , then nearer the Wicker arches were the Car Showroom/ Car rental / Upstairs Garage .

* They even hired out small dinghies / outboard engines at one stage. they had a motor mounted in a 40 gall drum of water to demonstrate to the punters ( I kid you not ) the end result being a wet T - Shirt contest !

They also had showrooms / garages on St Marys Rd. and at Crosspool.

The Commercial Vehicle Body Building Shop , Car Body Repair Shop , Steam cleaning + New Vehicle Storage was at the top of Coleford Rd. Darnall.

They also had a new car prep (P.D.I) Dept. inside an old steel works shed at Alsing Rd. Attercliffe .

They also sponsored a Vauxhall Firenza rally car , expertly prepared by themselves which spawned a run of BeeBee ( Bently Bros ) specials.
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