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Kentford services

Kentford
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Kentford services
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Road:A14 between J38 and J39
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Address:Kentford Services
Kentford
Newmarket
Suffolk
CB8 7PZ
Opened:1970s
Closed:2003-05
Grid reference:TL719670
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.

A former dual-sided service station located on the A14 near Newmarket, Kentford services has been derelict for quite a long time.

Former Facilities

Catering: Little Chef Forecourt: BP, Shop

Trivia and History

The services first opened in the 1970s as a dual-sided service area with each side sporting the combination of a BP filling station and a Little Chef restaurant. The Little Chef on each side opened between 1977 and 1980.

In the 1990s, the filling stations on each side were demolished. The shops weren't demolished but it's not clear whether they remained open. The Little Chefs continued until at least 2003.

Some time between 2003 and 2005, the services had closed unexpectedly and both the Little Chef restaurants were left to stand empty. They still had all their furniture remaining for a while, but it was later removed and the buildings boarded up.

In 2005/06, a broken water pipe had caused the kitchen of the northbound restaurant to flood. By this point the buildings had fallen into disrepair with broken windows, a messy interior and a collapsing ceiling.

In the late 2000s, the shop buildings (which were once full of broken junk after the services had closed) were demolished but the Little Chefs were left untouched.

As of 2017, nothing has ever come of Kentford however both buildings are up for sale through Ashwell Rogerswebsite. The car parks remain visible but are extremely overgrown, and the slip roads fenced off.