Woodford Motorcycles

Tel: 020 8989 3157

Our History


The earliest picture we have of our current shop.  At this time it was a popular greengrocers in the local area and it was known as E L Barber, owned by Earnest Leonard Barber and their daughter Joan.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any earlier pictures of our shop.


The shop was originally known as Woodford Scooters.  Having been opened in 1958 by John Witham and Dennis and Gladis Maybee.

What you may not know, is that this area was all farm land and that part of our original workshop was the milk shed. The cows were walked down the road next to us and milked in our workshop (that is why it was called Cowslip Road to which it is still known as this today).

This sidecar outfit in the photo above lost control and came through the locked doors.


The shop quickly established itself selling customised and heavily accessorised Vespa and Lambretta Scooters for the fashion conscious mods.


Yamaha were added around 1972 and Honda in 1973.


By the early eighties they had outgrown the showroom, so 51 George Lane was purchased and the newly enlarged showroom was re-named Woodford Motorcycles.


On the 25th March 1995, after 37 years in the trade, Dennis, Gladys and John retired and the shop was purchased by the current owners, Alan Mitchell and Brett Randall.

Alan was a former manager at Eddy Grimstead Motorcycles in Newbury Park and
Brett had his own local workshop and is one of the best and knowledgeable technicians in the UK.



Woodford Motorcycles became a Premier exclusive Yamaha dealer and become one of Yamaha's top dealers, having won Yamaha dealer of the year and Ride Magazine "Top London Dealer" several years running. 


We extended the property by adding flats above and added another self contained showroom on the side of the building and this has been opened by one of our friends as "Woodford Cycle Center".


In 2015 the full extension was completed by adding a self contained flat and another showroom underneath which has been opened as an organic bakery/café; "Home Organic Bakery".  

This is our history so far!!!.

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