Just Miles
The Memoirs of Percy Harwood


"Just 3 ½ Miles." - The Memories of Percy Harwood

After lots of hard work the garage 50'x30' was duly built for £325. One hundred pounds I had saved in five years, one hundred I borrowed from my sister and the builder L. Gray of Lake allowed me to pay off the rest as I earned it. The garage was 3½ miles from East Cowes. 3½ from Newport. 3½ miles from Ryde.

Picture of Percy Harwood taken in 1990

We have kindly been given permission by Stephen Harwood to reproduce the above book written by his father Percy (imaged left) around 1987. It is an autobiography of Percy’s life growing up in East Cowes from around the time of the First World War, his involvement in the WW2 and the development of the large motor trade complex which can be found to the top of Lushington Hill, Wootton Bridge.

It is a fascinating insight into life in the early part of the 20th century in East Cowes. It also allows one to understand how Percy became involved in the motor trade.

The book is not only a personal autobiography but contains much information about the early history of East Cowes and Wootton and is recommended reading.

Picture of the Garage in 1955

Picture of Harwoods fruit shop  c1900
Percy Harwood's grandfather outside his shop probably 1897 (Diamond Jubilee year) as the shop appears to be decorated.