Tanner & Hall/The Bowller Group
The whole site is built on what were the sidings to the railway station, all of which were behind and to the right of the Station House. The long shed on the left was built incorporating the old platforms to the sidings.
Originally plan proposals to develop the site were submitted, then approved in April 1965 for F Bracey & Sons of Benington, Stevenage, for the erection of an agricultural machinery warehouse and offices. However, the 1968 plans submitted for Tanner & Hall show an office building in a different location nearer the front so we assume the earlier proposed building did not happen.
Tanner and Hall moved there in 1968 from the Old Cattle Market in Cambridge. Richard & Roger Hall of Tanner & Hall still own the site in 2020.
The Bowller Group bought out Tanner & Hall in May 2000 but did not buy the site as it had many restrictions and covenants on it. The Bowller Group in Station Rd is a builders’ merchant specialising in roofing materials, whilst Tanner & Hall opposite is the Roofing Contractor element of the Group.
In September 2014 SIG Plc bought part of the Bowller Group enterprise.
In Dec 2019 Tanner & Hall submitted plans for a residential development on the site with a small office block.
Steve Bowller kindly donated the old aerial views of Tanner & Hall in Jul 2020.