Buildings and Infrastructure for the Motor Car

BookBuildings and Infrastructure for the Motor Car

Buildings and Infrastructure for the Motor Car

Introductions to Heritage Assets

Historic England Guidance


August 31st, 2016





Arriving in the later 1890s, by the end of the First World War motor vehicles had ousted horses as the main means of transporting goods. In the inter-war years many middle class families acquired cars, and by the 1960s car ownership was commonplace. Two-car families were almost the norm by the end of the century.

This guide provides a brief introduction to the buildings of what some have called the Motor Age: car factories, petrol stations and car showrooms, domestic garages, car parks, motorway service stations, motels, and the roadhouses and cafes where motorists could find refreshment. Also outlined are the ever-evolving types of road which facilitated this transport revolution.

Author Information

Author, Downham Market. Author and architectural historian.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Car factories
Car showrooms
Domestic garages or motor houses
Maintenance and repair garages
Filling stations
Car parks
Cafes and roadhouses
Motorway service stations
The road system
Further reading