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Pope's of Finchley
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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.
Added by Graham Pope 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.
Added by Malcolm 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?
Added by Brian Hall 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.
Added by Graham Pope on 06 January 2012
Here is a picture of the tax disc holder. (Photo no.2974)
Added by Brian Hall 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 .
Added by Keith Pope on 02 March 2013
I'm just reading about the life of David Jason (del boy) he worked at Popes after leaving school.
Added by Jim Williamson 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.
Added by Cliff Grinyer on 10 September 2014
I worked at Popes of Finchley as an apprentice mechanic from 1964 to 1969
Added by Allan Harvey 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)
Added by Trevor Wilkinson 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.
Added by Diane Butterfield 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.
Added by Clive Harvey 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.

Added by 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
Added by Barry Smith 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.
Added by Amanda Moseley 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.
Added by Bob HARRISON on 30 March 2020
Apparently I live in Jack Pope's old house. My neighbour Joyce Young was a friend of his and he lent them one of his cars for their wedding day in Sept 1960. She also said he was a lovely man.
Added by Jayne Hopping on 21 December 2020
David White worked at Pope's in the late 1950s aka David Jason aka Del Boy
Added by Bob Ely on 09 January 2021
I worked as an apprentice panelbeater at Pope's from 1965. I was employed by Len Pope and remember well Mr Major and his immaculate grey Morris Minor. I also remember working on the cars of Shand Kydd and Ian Carmichael. Popular rumour had it that they were directors of the company. Love to know if there was any truth in that.
Added by Brian Fairchild on 04 February 2021
David White aka Del Boy, lived at 26 Lodge Lane Finchley He left school at 15 and took the job at Pope's. He and his mate he met at the garage Bob Bevil went to technical college and later started their own Electrical repair business. All this info is in his book A Del of a Life
Added by Bob Ely on 06 February 2021
I am Len Pope's son, now aged 81 and well remember many of the names that have come up here. I missed meeting 'Del Boy' as I was at school in the States in the mid fifties but after National Service joined the company in 1961. A year or two later it was taken over by a group on well connected "businessmen" led by Anthony Compton-Burnett (a master at Eton College) and Bill Shand-Kydd (the wealthy wallpaper mogul, Princess Di's uncle and later guardian of Lord Lucan's children). More freeloaders with double-barrelled names piled in buying large freehold motor businesses around London and pretty soon the company was top heavy. The object was to profit from the development value of these comparatively cheap freeholds but when the property bubble burst the whole scheme collapsed, the creditors took possession and that's why Pope's 3 acres of prime real estate is now Tesco's, etc. Incidentally Ian Carmichael, living in Mill Hill was just one of their many celebrity customers.
Added by Graham Pope on 12 February 2021
Love your comments Graham. I worked on Ian Carmichael's Bentley also Shand-Kydd's Ferari, vintage Bentley, Mercedes and his wife's Mini Cooper Brougham. Got to know his chaffeur quite well in fact. It's a shame that greed took precedence over good service.
Added by Brian Fairchild on 12 February 2021
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