Brothers cement their place in history

owners taking possession of two houses which have been built on the site of the former garage owned by the Whiting Brothers'peter wolton, Patrick Rogers
owners taking possession of two houses which have been built on the site of the former garage owned by the Whiting Brothers'peter wolton, Patrick Rogers
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For more than four decades it was the site of a car repair garage run by two brothers.

Now two houses have been built on the site of the former Rogers Garage in Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds – but the brothers’ names will live on, above the front doors.

Patrick and Neville House are about to be put on the market by Hazells Chartered Surveyors.

And on Thursday (26), surviving brother Patrick was shown around the homes, on a site where he worked for 41 years.

“Naming the houses after us is a fantastic gesture. It is absolutely brilliant,” said Mr Rogers.

“My brother died three years ago but this keep his name in Whiting Street, where he worked most of his life.”

Despite fond memories of his time in Whiting Street, Mr Rogers who retired two years ago said he was not tempted to move to one of the new three storey houses.

“It is so difficult to see it as it was – there is a vast difference. It was a lot of years here.

“I am sad to see the old garage gone but to have a garage like that in the middle of the town isn’t feasible now a days.

“Ninety-nine per cent of our customers were friends. It was a lovely way to do business.”

The site was redeveloped by owner and friend Peter Wolton who brought in Mothersole Builders to carry out the work.

“We wanted to reflect the heritage of the site so we asked Pat if it would be ok if we named the houses after him and his brother,” said Mr Wolton.

“The garage used to have two service bays, the left hand one was Neville’s and the right Patricks, and so the left hand house is Neville House and the right Patrick House.

“They were such a big part of the fabric of this street life and it means a great deal to me that there names are above the doors.”

The three bedroom houses are being marketed by Hazells. Visit www.hazellsonline.co.uk