63 - Regent / Texaco Petrol Station

With increasing car ownership in the 1960s there followed a demand for more petrol stations. In 1965 a new Regent petrol station was opened on Church Road. It was built on a site resulting from the demolition of a large chunk of the buildings between Heber Street and Russell Town Avenue. The shops demolished for the new petrol station were:

63 Church Road/Heber Street Frank Roberts-herbalist
61 Church Road Presscott's herbal & health food store
59 Church Road Rennold-confectioner
55a Church Road George Nail-garage proprietor
53,51,49 Church Road Hamiltons-Department store.


The Regent Oil Company was a familiar name in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1967 Texaco took full ownership of Regent and so by the end of the 1960s the Church Road petrol station had become a Texaco service station.

Picture The Church Road filling station followed the latest design, with a large forecourt covered by a substantial flat roof supported on slender columns. The actual pumps were of the latest design and the introduction of the electric 'nozzle/ trigger' paved the way for 'self service'.

After about 25 years in operation the petrol station closed.

In recent years the site has been in used by various businesses selling used cars. The picture shows how it looked in the summer of 2005.

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