This derelict garage and filling station is located in the small Cumbrian village of Morland, it’s one of a great many once locally owned and run that are scattered across the British countryside, their existence brought about by the ever increasing popularity of the motorcar as the economy began to recover from post-war austerity in the 1950s & 60s, and ownership became a viable prospect for the average person. Their gradual decline is most likely due to a number of factors such as the ever falling cost of air travel leading to less people holidaying within the country, increased competition from major fuel station chains (particularly supermarkets), and increases in tax and running costs – which can be significantly more than in decades past due to a need to comply with both UK & EU regulations.

The paint is wearing thin on the old garage - it's hard to see from this photo too, but an old 3-digit phone number is displayed - These were gradually phased out in the 1960/70s.
The paint is wearing thin on the old garage - it's hard to see from this photo too, but an old 3-digit phone number is displayed - These were gradually phased out in the 1960/70s.
A 1964 Morris Minor Traveller waiting forever for some fuel outside the long derelict Halmshaw Garage.
A 1964 Morris Minor Traveller waiting forever for some fuel outside the long derelict Halmshaw Garage.
The interior has been preserved much better than you might expect - obviously it's not been abandoned for too long.
The interior has been preserved much better than you might expect - obviously it's not been abandoned for too long.
Taillight section of the Morris displaying part of the Ash wooden frame.
Taillight section of the Morris displaying part of the Ash wooden frame.
'Litres' sticker peeling off the original 'Gallons' text which would have come about as a result of the push to metrification in the early/mid 80s. Interestingly the fuel was delivered in gallons, but priced in 'Pence Per Litre'! Must have been very confusing to work out before the switch.
'Litres' sticker peeling off the original 'Gallons' text which would have come about as a result of the push to metrification in the early/mid 80s. Interestingly the fuel was delivered in gallons, but priced in 'Pence Per Litre'! Must have been very confusing to work out before the switch.
Michelin tyre pressure guide for a multitude of obsolete makes and models, although the rust makes it rather difficult to read.
Michelin tyre pressure guide for a multitude of obsolete makes and models, although the rust makes it rather difficult to read.
Paint flaking from the corrugated iron frame of Halmshaw Garage.
Paint flaking from the corrugated iron frame of Halmshaw Garage.

In 2015 the UK government launched a fuel rebate scheme in a limited number of rural areas of the UK to attempt to make these businesses more viable, however for many such as Halmshaw, it’s too little too late. In 2010 the garage was earmarked as a potential location for a new housing development by the Parish Council – 8 years on however and no work has started, so I imagine they couldn’t find any developers who were interested in doing anything with the site. It looks like the garage and Morris can continue rusting in peace for at least a little while longer…

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