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Where exactly was it on Nuthall Road ?

The only Brefitt 3-wheel place I remember was the one at Mansfield Road, Daybrook  (near the old railway bridge).

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It rings a bell with me, but can't remember the exact location, but I bet Chulla will.

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Brefitts was near to the bottom of Bells Lane set into the high wall opposite what is (or was last time I looked) Gateway Hotel.  Embassy tyres was at the back of it reached by the lane at side of the railway line that crossed Bells Lane. Embassy Tyres are still there of course. It was a car spares place after Breffits finished but I can't remember what it it now. - and I have driven past it twice today!

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Breffitt was an AJS and Matchless motorcycle dealer (I think). His premises were on Nuthall Road opposite the Newcastle Arms. I bought my Ariel Golden Arrow from him. He used to be a competitive scramble/trials rider. If he moved from there I don't know where he moved to.

 

The Reliant dealer was in Daybrook just below where B&Q was until recently. I bought my Reliant Regal from there.

 

Edit: There was a side track ran up beside Breffitt's that led over the railway line and on to Melbourne Park.

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Yes, something was opposite the Newcastle. I remember something on the site of Cliff's photo. I still feel sure that was Breffits. Could it have just been a spares outlet for them?

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I certainly remember Breffits as being a Reliant agent - somewhere along Nuthall Road. I do not remember Breffits being a Reliant agent in Daybrook as I never went there in my younger days.

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Brefitts in the fifties on Nuthall Road was opposite High Street...later Basford Road,opposite the Newcastle Pub...If they moved later it was after I left the area. I don't remember much of the three wheel side but my brother bought a Lambretta there around 1960.They had some waste land at the back for learners to practice on.So when he brought it home he proceeded to hit the gatepost...;)

My workshop backed onto the premises at Daybrook in the seventies before B&Q  but I didn't know who owned it.Just that they specialised in three wheelers.

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I got the wrong pub on the Streetview link at #16,  that's not near the Newcastle.

 

The one poohbear is referring to (which is the Newcastle) used to be a car dealer but isn't now.

 

And looking at old phone directories I discovered that JE Brefitt were at the "Newcastle Filling Station" in the mid 60s.

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Further thinking and Chulla is correct about Breffits being opposite the Newcastle. I still remember the place I spoke of previously near Bells Lane also being Breffits. I have also remembered that there was once a Petrol Station (at least) just above Aspley Library. Either Commodore Gardens or Tyne Close are now built on the site. Was that ever a car dealership of any sort?

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Chulla #12  Poohbear#18

That's my recollection, Breffitt's was opposite The Newcastle Arms. Back around 1949 it was run by Ted Breffit one of England's top trials riders. At the left side of Breffitt's (facing Newcastle Arms) was Newcastle Farm by then a series of derelict buildings, the biggest had a large clock on the front wall and a pathway leading to the railway line and Melbourne Park. Halfords now occupy roughly what was Breffitt's area, a bit further on towards town just past Ideal Cleaning Services Ltd. is a filling station that was once a car sales, garage and haulier owned by R.& J. Richardson. 

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15 minutes ago, The Pianoman said:

 I have also remembered that there was once a Petrol Station (at least) just above Aspley Library. Either Commodore Gardens or Tyne Close are now built on the site. Was that ever a car dealership of any sort?

 

Looks like there was quite a big complex; 'Garage' and 'Motor Body Repair Works'

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That garage (top)  was seperate from the other repair works and was called the Swan Garage from the mid fifties.Pearces Ice Cream rented part of the building at the rear and I well remember several  'Stop me and buy one'  Ice Cream Tricycles in a nettle bed round the back.To my knowledge it was a repair and petrol garage and not a dealership.

A friend Suzanne Shelton lived next door and I well remember us talking about Tommy Steele one day and my asking her..."What's Rock n Roll?"

 

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That's exactly the layout I remember in the 50's and 60's. 

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