Britain By Car - A Motoring History

Mayfair

A district of west London, originally named after the fortnight-long spring fair that took place there each year.  The land first began to be developed, as we know it today, during the early 18th century when it passed to the Grosvenor family through marriage.

Although it has a reputation as a fashionable and expensive area, it is relatively diverse, with both social and private housing and a community drawn from all parts of the world.

Bentley & Bentley Ltd

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The UK showroom of the French car manufacturer DFP, and the roots of the company that was to become Bentley Motors.

Location
Hanover Court, Hanover Street, London W1

Date
1912 – 1922

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Devonshire House

At one time, Citroën's main UK headquarters and lavish showroom

Location
Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London W1

Date
1926 – 1936

Other locations 
Slough, Berkshire

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Jowett

Jowett’s first London showroom

Location
48 Albemarle Street, London W1

Date
1946 

Other locations
Bradford, Yorkshire

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The Motor Museum

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The first short-lived attempt to create a national motor museum.

Location
Waring & Gillow Ltd, 164-180 Oxford Street, London W1.  Some sources place the museum at 176 Oxford Street, and one report at number 175.   

Date
31st May – 31st July 1912

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