A Brief History of Lindleys Autocentres & Mr R B Lindley

History of Lindleys Autocentres


Younger years

Schools: King Edward VI Grammar & Lincoln School.

Left Christmas 1951 to pursue a career in architecture.


Richards father had a stroke, although he returned to work, he never fully recovered and died in 1958.

Richard left his course in architecture to help with his dad’s business, unfortunately this was not to be successful, and his mother was forced to sell their home.


Richard was approached by Lincolnshire County Council, wanting to buy the garage to demolish it for a road widening.

Gratefully Richard's mother accepted and H.B Lindley Motor Engineer, Est 1928, ceased to exist.

1956 Lindleys Autocentres


Richard relocated to Nottingham and went to work at John Player & sons in the engineers department.

The staff there found out that he was a motor mechanic and he was inundated with requests to repair their vehicles.

Richard decided to rent a small workshop at the rear flats, 67 North Road, West Bridgford.

Richard was soon offered a job as a manager by one of the residents of the flats, a John Campbell who worked for A.V Caldwell Diesel Engineers of Ruddington.

 A.V Caldwell Diesel Engineers of Ruddington also owned a garage on Lower Parliament Street in Nottingham.

Whilst working as manager he built up a good customer base, with the main one being Jessops. He worked late almost every evening servicing Jessops vehicle’s whilst they we’re not out on the road.


Unfortunately, things were not working out at Caldwell’s, so Richard contacted Jessops to find out if he could he carry on servicing their vehicles if he decided to leave and set up on his own.

Jessops agreed to move their work to Richard and with his former clients at John Player & Sons, he had a good starting base for his business.

Richard rented some stables at the back of 44 Dickinson Street, St Ann’s, Nottingham - On the first day of R.B Lindley & Sons, he made a grand total of £7.


R.B Lindley & Son moved to a larger rented premise on Cromwell Terrace, St Ann’s, Nottingham.


R.B Lindley & Son moved to Peveril Terrace on Alfreton Road, Nottingham due to the clearance of the St Ann’s estate.


R.B Lindley & Son moved to 66 Carlton Road, Nottingham.


Richard’s son, David Lindley joined the business on a full-time basis after working part time for several years.


R.B Lindley & Son finally bought their first premises on Furlong Street, Arnold, Nottingham after many years of renting and moving.


Richard Lindley decided to retire, and David Lindley became the managing director.


R B Lindley & Son, now being ran by David Lindley, bought 55 Church Street, Old Basford, Nottingham, where they still are today. The business experienced rapid growth and went from 2 employees to around 10.

David’s son, Alex Lindley joins the business at the age of 16.


R B Lindley & Son Ltd celebrated their 50th anniversary in this year!

Apart from a short break in 1957, the Lindley family has been in the motor trade for over 80 years!


R.B Lindley opens their first MOT bay at 55 Church Street, Old Basford, Nottingham.


After experiencing great success with the MOT bay at Basford and averaging 8 MOT tests per day. R.B Lindley & Son Ltd acquires Arnold Tyres (Nottingham Road, Arnold, Nottingham) opens the 2nd branch, follows the same business model and re-brands the company to Lindleys Autocentres Ltd.

Lindleys Autocentres Ltd now have around 20 employees working for them.


Lindleys Autocentres Limited open their 3rd branch in Nottingham City Centre (Unit 2, 15 Traffic Street, Nottingham) employing another 10 employees across the company.


Lindleys Autocentres Ltd move into mobile tyre fitting with acquisition of Greenwood Tyres and soon have 2 vans working full time covering Nottinghamshire.

Lindleys Autocentres Ltd open their 4th branch in West Bridgford (Pavilion Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham) after acquiring Geoff Bloor garage.

There are now almost 40 full time employees working at Lindleys Autocentres Ltd.


It was with great sadness that we announced the death of Richard Lindley at the age of 82 years old.

Lindleys Autocentres add another mobile tyre fitting van to the fleet and increase the opening hours from 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week covering Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Leicestershire.


Lindleys Autocentres open their 5th branch after acquiring the former Avondale Recovery Garage on Oakdale Road, Carlton, Nottingham.

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