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and now I have seen a wooden bench up at the old Botany Bay spot, falling to pieces, marked In Memory of Lesley and Dorothy Hooley. Are they relevant? Does anyone know?

Isn't Botany Bay in Australia?

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After a bit of digging around I discovered this. It doesn't appear on any maps after around 1900.

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When I worked just up from Hooleys in the sixties there was always a TR4 parked outside the showroom, reg No. was TR4...worth a few bob if it still exists eh? Stan Hooley was a friend of my Fathers and found me an immaculate Ford 100E for my birthday...I hated it, it was a 'sensible' car. Not really a posers car for a young chap.I chopped it for a Vauxhall Cresta after a few months....which of course fell to bits rotten shortly afterwards.They won't be told these young uns :unsure:

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What was on Derby Road before Hooleys? It's whatever was the building on the right with the three arches. The church in the background was demolished in the early 70s.

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Equivalent today looks like this.

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I think it looked better in the old pic.

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If the number 47 on the old picture indicates its actual street number , there was a William Truman furniture shop at number 47 Derby Rd.

It kind of fits in as the Motor Repairs Ltd on view to the far left was number 37/39 Derby Rd.

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Yes, I think 47 is the street number. A lot of the PTP photos were taken by the council for reference. Looks like the furniture shop was demolished for Hooleys.

Here's a close-up of the other place further down. Their head office appears to have been on Triumph Road. Lea-Francis went out of business more than a few years ago.

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When I worked just up from Hooleys in the sixties there was always a TR4 parked outside the showroom, reg No. was TR4...worth a few bob if it still exists eh? Stan Hooley was a friend of my Fathers and found me an immaculate Ford 100E for my birthday...I hated it, it was a 'sensible' car. Not really a posers car for a young chap.I chopped it for a Vauxhall Cresta after a few months....which of course fell to bits rotten shortly afterwards.They won't be told these young uns :unsure:

The car I fondly remember you having was a hotted up and very well equipped Standard Vanguard. Brilliant !!

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The car I fondly remember you having was a hotted up and very well equipped Standard Vanguard. Brilliant !!

TR bits and 5 speed box with overdrive...weighed a ton and never did get round to fitting the supercharger...but fun car :biggrin:

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My mum was a switchboard operator at Hooleys in the 1970s. I remember her working there when the Ford Fiesta was introduced in 1976, and every call was regarding the new model!

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Just now new to this site.

Have noticed posts about Hooleys Garage.

I used to navigate on motor rallies with Mike Cottee - Director.

First in his Ford Anglia and progressed to Ford Cortina Lotus.

Both cars maintained, of course, by Hooleys.

Would like to hear if anyone knows Mike currently as I would like to contact.

Many thanks

 

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Welcome to the site Alan, I'm sure someone will be along with plenty of memories about Hooley's or motoring in general

 

Rog

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From Cliff Ton's photo: the big old church had a side entrance on Upper College st. It led down to a large store type of room I guess below the main hall of the church. That was a motorbike spares and accessories shop and I've an idea it was Hooleys. 

 

Regarding the main Hooleys I remember in the late 60s the showroom packed with people ogling and touching the new Capri. Me included. Oh how I wanted one, but had to make do with a used Anglia.

 

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15 hours ago, Alan Cooper said:

Have noticed posts about Hooleys Garage.

I used to navigate on motor rallies with Mike Cottee - Director.

 

Presumably a connection with Cottee & Edwards who had various car dealerships around Nottingham ?

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Alan Cooper. There is a Michael D Cottee living in the NG5 area of Nottingham, in the 60-64 age bracket. Got this from 192.com.

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Cliffs photo above,near the Lea Francis sign: the building is St.Marys,Miss Bowlers room and Sister Aloysius's room on the first floor. I think I explained a few years ago,that Hooleys stored cars in that church, scaffold batons placed on the steps...not on Derby Rd. But on the lane to my school. Also the park tunnel was used for new deliveries.

*circa '68 some new mk.1 Capri's were being delivered... i was mesmerised not having seen alloys much...maybe on a Cooper S.

The Hooleys bloke offered me a spin, long story short- Brother snitched- Dad and me on the carpet at said garage- sat'day morning- big post mortem- apologies all round- boss gave me dosh for the Gaumont and a trip to Dunkirk and back, in a spanker.

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I remember sitting on the steps of the church depicted on Cliff's picture posted July 27, 2015 (above) waiting to see the Queen. Derby Road was unbelievably packed with onlookers but very few people were on the church steps other than us. Never knew why (frightened of God, perhaps?). Anyway, the Queen duly passed by. Checking the Nottingham Post records, it was 1955 and she would have been on her way to Wollaton Park to watch show jumping (hard life innit, Ma'am).

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