A report in 'The Builder' vol. 134, April 13, 1928, p608:
"There is hardly a town or village, at any rate in the Home Counties, that is not disfigured and artistically injured by the erection of common place, vulgar buildings which jar with their neighbours and offend the eye. The hideous petrol filling stations and pumps which are strewn indiscriminately all over the country have become a by-word of reproach....."
Prince Charles also picked up the petrol station as eyesore theme some 71 years later in his book, "a vision of britain".