A former dual-sided service station located on the A14 near Newmarket, Kentford services has been derelict for quite a long time.
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 July 1997, the filling stations closed and were later demolished. However, the shop buildings were left to stand. The Little Chefs continued to trade on 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 were boarded up.
In around 2005, 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 mid-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.
The site was finally removed from Ordnance Survey maps in 2017.
As of 2017, nothing has ever come of Kentford however both buildings are up for sale through Ashwell Rogers. The car parks remain visible but are extremely overgrown, and the slip roads fenced off.