about victoria garage
Welcome to Victoria Garage
Victoria Garage, together with Victoria Hire, has been a thriving local business for 60 years, proudly serving customers in Whitstable, Canterbury, Herne Bay and the local area. Established in 1954, Victoria Garage is truly one of the longest running companies in Whitstable and certainly the oldest garage business still in operation today. Originally started by Vye Lancaster
and her partner Alex, the original garage stood in the gardens of the Bear & Key Hotel. It changed hands once more before Edward Bollen senior bought the business in 1963. The original garage in Regent Street was finally vacated in 2004 when the company moved to modern, purpose built premises on the Joseph Wilson Industrial Estate, where along with Victoria Hire,
they have been proudly growing ever since. The business is now run by Edward Bollen jnr along with a large team of mechanics,
tyre fitters and administrative staff who all share the companies passion for providing the best customer service in the area.
A trip down memory lane
We hope you enjoy some old pictures that show how
Victoria Garage has progressed through the years...
Mr Brian Campbell, a valued customer since 1954, with his 1934 Morris 8 !
An original Test Certificate for Brian's Morris 8, tested by us in 1962 !
Expansion begins...Barbara's father, Ted Bedford digging the footings
With the new workshop almost complete, business goes on around it
Original manager Alex at work in 1956 (courtesy of Len Abbott Archive)
Alex checking tyres on 1930s Morris 8 rag top (courtesy of Len Abbott Archive)
The Victoria Garage forecourt in 1964
Barbara Bollen with her eldest son, Edward, by the family MKII Jaguar.
A young Edward Bollen at the wheel of the family Jaguar.
Little Edward pictured in the bygone days of National Petrol
The original Victoria Garage at its Regent Street site in 1978
Victoria Hire slowly begins to take shape....
As the roof goes on, the work continues in earnest
The sliding doors are in place, and the expansion is almost complete
In August 1985, Victoria Hire opens with its all British fleet of Austin cars !
Victoria Hire pictured in 1988, with the fleet now consisting mainly of Ford cars
Victoria Garage in its last days of selling fuel in 1991
The year is 1991, and the fleet now consists of Rover 200 and 400 cars.
Victoria Garage and Victoria Hire shown here back in 2003
Our new modern workshop and offices, shown here in 2013
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Joseph Wilson Ind Estate
Whitstable, Kent. CT5 3PS
Contact Victoria Garage
Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 17:30
Saturdays: 08:00 - 13:00
Sundays & Holidays: CLOSED
Our Opening Times
For those wishing to return their hire vehicles out of our working hours, we operate a secure key deposit facility which is available for our customers.
We accept the following methods of payment;