Mystery Esso Petrol Station

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Re: Mystery Esso Petrol Station

Postby Leodian » Wed 12 Nov, 2014 9:48 pm

We need CSI's help! ;) They would be able to determine readily what the roundabout sign states and even the car number plates to identify who their drivers/owners were. It would be a doddle for them as I recall in one episode they were able to identify who a person was from a blurred reversed (or was it upside down) reflection in a wing mirror! :P

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Re: Mystery Esso Petrol Station

Postby hicklingmick » Sun 16 Nov, 2014 6:13 pm

Are we sure thats a flyover?its just the sides look too low to give protection against vehicle coming over side.
Also I presume thats an advertising hoarding underneath?

The lowest line on the straight ahead at roundabout ,does it say ring road?
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Re: Mystery Esso Petrol Station

Postby TABBYCAT » Sun 16 Nov, 2014 8:18 pm

Also the "flyover" appears to have windows inset if you look just above the road sign and to the right of the Carlsberg advertising hording.
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Re: Mystery Esso Petrol Station

Postby jim » Sun 16 Nov, 2014 8:26 pm

I don't see a flyover - if it were such I would expect it to have much deeper retaining side walls to prevent vehicles/pedestrians falling off it. Is it more likely to be a canopy of some sort?

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Re: Mystery Esso Petrol Station

Postby tyke bhoy » Sun 16 Nov, 2014 8:56 pm

Nope, absolutely no proof that its a flyover at all. There is a metal structure that runs the full width of the photo though. Yes it could be a canopy but it would be a fairly extensive one. As for side walls yes I would expect to see more substantial side walls unless of course it wasn't fully built. There do seem to be 3 15-20 foot poles which may be supporting a mesh fence. Of course if it had only been a recent installation there would probably be more construction evidence.
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Re: Mystery Esso Petrol Station

Postby mhoulden » Mon 17 Nov, 2014 1:50 am

I've managed to get hold of the petrol stations and petrol distributors sections from the 1976 Yellow Pages. Could it be somewhere near the old oil terminal just off South Accommodation Rd in Hunslet, with the building on the right being South Point? It doesn't quite match but I'm not sure where else it could be if it is indeed in Leeds.
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Re: Mystery Esso Petrol Station

Postby Bruno » Mon 17 Nov, 2014 2:49 pm

[quote="tyke bhoy"]There do seem to be 3 15-20 foot poles which may be supporting a mesh fence. quote]

I don't think they are poles - the fact that they are aligned exactly 3 windows apart on the building seems too much of a coincidence to me. I think they might be fall-pipes on the building itself.
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Re: Mystery Esso Petrol Station

Postby Leodian » Mon 17 Nov, 2014 2:57 pm

Where the location is has become very interesting. I look forward to finding where, but no doubt when it is solved it will then be obvious! ;)

In the list of petrol stations in 1976 in mhoulden's excellent listing there is "Headrow Filling Station, Eastgate 2 Leeds 35660". I guess this will be what I know of as Appleyards but if so I would be interested to find out when it stopped selling petrol as I cannot recall when (sorry for going off-topic there).

I like the old location and 3 figure phone numbers of some of the petrol stations. :P
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Re: Mystery Esso Petrol Station

Postby mhoulden » Mon 17 Nov, 2014 3:12 pm

The most recent photo I've found of Appleyard's as a petrol station is this one. from 1992:
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By then it must have been difficult to get on and off such a busy roundabout, and if it did care sales as well... In 1998 came the planning application to turn it into a fountain.
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Re: Mystery Esso Petrol Station

Postby warringtonrhino » Mon 17 Nov, 2014 5:08 pm

The brick building below the canopy seems to stop and become a different building above it.
I would expect a brick building of that size to have a pitched roof.
It is not a steel framed building which could have a flat roof, so where has the roof gone?

The glazed building to the right of the canopy seems to stop at the canopy edge.
For structural stability I would have expected a brick/masonry corner.
Not a glazed panel as in the photo, so where has the corner of the building gone?

Behind the petrol price banners there is an advertising hoarding.
Behind is what looks like the fascia canopy for the building above the road sign.

The low and high buildings are different architecturally, which suggests they are not the same building, was a telephoto lens used?

The road sign seems small, considering that it is in front of the low building.

None of the buildings share the same perspective.
Either the buildings are all at different angles, which is not normal in an urban location.
Or the buildings are assembled using an assortment of different photographs.

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