Historic staging post offers modern motorists a chance to charge their batteries (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Historic staging post offers modern motorists a chance to charge their batteries
A HISTORIC staging post is offering modern motorists the chance to literally recharge their batteries.
What is thought to be the first quick charging point for electric vehicles using the A66 trans-Pennines route has been installed outside The Garage Spa, at the Morritt Hotel, at Greta Bridge, just off the main road.
Hotel owner Barbara Johnson said it was an appropriate setting.
“Although The Garage has been recently refurbished as a spa, the building is well over 100 years old and was refurbished in the 1920s to accommodate, refuel and repair the then new motor car.
“The spa has been redeveloped as a green site, so the quick charge unit fits into its ethos as well as its history.”
Greta Bridge was established as a staging post in the 18th and 19th centuries by the mail coaches travelling between London and Glasgow.
Horses were stabled overnight in the garage with the coach parked up, or the team exchanged for the following day.
Express coaches took two days to reach Greta Bridge from London.
In 1838, Charles Dickens immortalised his visit by coach to Greta Bridge in The Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
Mrs Johnson said: “The quick charge unit has already been in use, so the history of the site is being perpetuated.”
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