Few garages have been operating for over 100 years and three generations of the Evans family have run the Plough since the Austin Twenty was a new car.
Plough Garage was established in 1919 by George Evans, known locally as "Kelly". Born locally he started work as an apprentice shoemaker for Willcox's of Minsterley. He moved to Plough Cottage in 1912 and married Jane Mathews who had lived in the Plough Cottage with her family since 1892. He was conscripted into the Welsh Guards during the First World War until a shrapnel wound and an enthusiastic surgeon severed the tendons in his right hand. This made it impossible to continue working in shoemaking. George worked for Stanton's Garage Shrewsbury and obtained a motorcycle and sidecar. He commenced taxiing local people to Rhyl and Aberystwyth, North Wales, on day trips. He progressed to a Model T Ford and expanded his business to repairing other motor cars in the area. His friend at the time, Fred Griffiths painted a sign for the garage which read "Whizz Bank Garage, Proprietor G.Evans. Taxi's for hire.", under a painting of a Harley Davidson motorcycle and sidecar.
He and his wife, Ginny, had 11 children in the two bedroom cottage attached to the business which was then an amalgamation of sheds. He pressed his eight sons and two daughters into helping the business while they lived at home and he acquired a "Charabang" to transport larger numbers of people. He indulged his passion for big American cars by purchasing a brand new showroom model Dodge which was used for many local weddings.
The business passed to Jack, nicknamed Coog in the 1950's having worked in the Sentinel after his own discharge from the Army following World War II. Coog successfully purchased the land and buildings from the brewery in the 1960's. Coog and his wife Betty installed petrol pumps and replaced the conglomerate of sheds under one large building which is still being used today. A new bodywork shop was built out the back in the 1980's.
When Coog passed away in 1987, his three sons Terry, Derek and Geoff took over. Derek and Terry enjoyed success in rallying under the Greenhouse sponsorship in the 1970s and 1980s culminating in 1979 British Rally Championship runner up and 1981 Welsh Championship winner.
With Terry and Derek having left us to take on the great rally stages in the sky, the garage is run by Geoff Evans and Finn Walton.