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24th September 2013 at 5:22 pm in reply to: A question regarding the life and times of Jerome. #578
I have taken a photo of the filling station and also have a contemporary photo from around 1930. In those days it was called Brunskill’s Shell Garage and had a rather striking, period, five-sided pagoda style slate roof, the style of which is preserved to this day. It is located on the main A40 (London Road), quite near the centre of Cheltenham, and was the town’s first petrol station. I will submit the photos if someone can tell me how.
The information source was a lady who contacted my historian friend within the last couple of years. Apparently, a close relative of hers (grandfather possibly) owned the garage and had told her of Jerome’s visit on the day of his last journey from Devon.22nd September 2013 at 5:57 pm in reply to: A question regarding the life and times of Jerome. #576
I can certainly obtain a photo of the petrol station. Not sure how to upload it this site, but can easily forward it to a normal e-mail address. The information came from a friend, who is a local journalist, historian and fellow Jerome enthusiast. I will also try to obtain a contemporary photo and further information.13th September 2013 at 10:27 am in reply to: A question regarding the life and times of Jerome. #567
What a lot of addresses for one lifetime!
I can’t match Johnboy’s claim to live in a former home of Jerome. However, I recently unearthed a rather interesting connection with my home town in Cheltenham. On his final (and never completed) car journey from Devon to London in 1927 Jerome filled up his car at a Cheltenham petrol station that is less than half a mile from my home. Later that day, while travelling through Northampton, he suffered a stroke and subsequently passed away in their General Hospital.
The filling station in question still exists. Perhaps there should be a plaque?