Saturday 15 December 2018

Fascinating connection between Disneyland and Cheltenham’s new John Lewis revealed

A slice of Cheltenham’s automotive history, which also links to the town’s new John Lewis store, is on display at Disneyland Paris.

The happiest place on earth and a Cotswold spa town – the two don’t often find themselves connected. But, if you’re visiting Disneyland Paris anytime soon, there’s a place you can find a little taste of Gloucestershire, inside one of the resort’s restaurants.

The unexpected connection comes in the form of an old tin sign, advertising a formerly prominent garage in Cheltenham’s High Street. It’s inside of Billy Bob's Country Western Saloon restaurant at Disneyland Paris’ Disney Village. Just to the right of the stairs in the restaurant’s main foyer lies the sign, advertising the H.E.Steel ltd garage, on the High Street in Cheltenham.

Sign on display at Disneyland Paris with links to Cheltenham

The business, which was colloquially known as Steel’s Garage, was located next to the former Beechwood Arcade; the same site that’s about to become Cheltenham’s hotly anticipated John Lewis store.

John Lewis Cheltenham stands on the former site of Steel’s Garage and Beechwood Arcade

A sketch of the former garage in its heyday (below) by Cheltenham Artist, Alfred Thornton, used to be on display at Cheltenham’s Wilson Art gallery. It was part of the Not Just History exhibition.

Alfred Thornton's sketch of Steel's Garage - Used with thanks to Cheltenham Group of Artists
Image used with thanks to Cheltenham Group of Artists.

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Friday 16 March 2018

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