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Pope's of Finchley
"Barnet Directory 1968-69"
Picture added on 20 September 2010 at 14:19
This was my family business, which moved to Finchley from Archway in 1909, and finally closed in about 1972, when it was demolished and Tesco took its place. In the early days the mainstay of the business was chauffer driven car hire, and many old Finchley residents were driven to their wedding in a Pope's car. In the 1960's they were selling over 1,000 cars a year and employed 50 people, but standing on 3 acres of prime real estate the property developers moved in and 60 years of service came to an end.
on 24 August 2011
I remember Pope's very well. I was a member of the Klaxon Motor Club that met at the Duke of York, between Potters Bar and Barnet, in the the 1960's. If memory serves me right there were two Pope brothers. They were the mainstay of the club. Les Pope and his older brother, who had a moustache. Two of the greatest guys I've ever known and I owe both of them a lot. They really kept that club going. Without their input the club would have folded. We had some great club rallies all over Herts, Berks 'n Bucks counties and then moved off to annoy people elsewhere. Driving trials at Bovingdon and remote air fields in Essex. Those were the days. Must sort out the 8mm cine. Malcolm Crawford Young.
on 28 November 2011
I have a tax disc holder, the metal suction type with POPE'S of Finchley, Austin Morris, Wolseley, Main Vauxhall dealers, the telephone number is 0113-7, wondered what date it is from?
on 01 January 2012
We gave them away with every new car. They were made by/or called Barnacle and were used from the 1950's until the 60's when cheap plastic self-stickers arrived. Further to the Klaxon Motor Club post I have lost touch with Les Pope but he may well still be alive. Jack Pope, his uncle, died in the 1980's.
on 06 January 2012
Here is a picture of the tax disc holder. (Photo no.2974)
on 12 January 2012
My grandfather Albert Henry Pope was managing director at Popes of Finchley and my father Kenneth Aubrey Pope was company secretary at the time of the sale to Tescos, both have now passed away, but great to see family business still remembered having spent my childhood at the garage in Ballards Lane .
on 02 March 2013
I'm just reading about the life of David Jason (del boy) he worked at Popes after leaving school.
on 26 August 2014
Worked at Popes 1965-1970 as an apprentice mechanic, papers signed by Len Pope, Mr. Major was the service manager at the time.
on 10 September 2014
I worked at Popes of Finchley as an apprentice mechanic from 1964 to 1969
on 14 September 2015
Worked at Popes from 1958 to 1966, first as apprentice mechanic, then in service reception. Married Jack Pope's secretary in 1966, then went to their Barnet branch, (Popes of Barnet)
on 08 August 2016
Les Pope was my step father. I have been doing the family tree and would love to know about the business and anyone that remembers my family.
on 21 October 2016
Diane, my mothers side of the family are related to the Popes and she has spent some time on the family tree also.
on 17 November 2016
I am the sister of Keith Pope and remember also spending time in my childhood visiting the garage to see my father at work. When we went to cinema we would see the garage being advertised on the news reel.
Patricia Bluck(nee Pope)
on 11 November 2017
I remember a stick of bombs landing in Ballards Lane, one of which was nearly in front of Popes Garage. I don't think they did an awful lot of damage. I guess this was in 1940/41
on 15 June 2018
Jack Pope was my grandad. I wanted to research our family tree and came across this article. It’s so lovely to read such lovely comments about the business and how fond people were of both my grandad and his brother. I know my mum, Janet, worked in the business answering the phones and general office work between 1963 and 1965sih. She told me a worker there (can’t remember the name) taught her to drive.
on 02 March 2019
I served an apprenticeship at Popes of Finchley between 1968 until it closed in 1971. Len Pope was a lovely man, a proper gentleman -he took time out to talk to every employee. I went on to have full and successful career in the motor industry until I retired in 2016.
on 30 March 2020
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