The Heritage

1878 - Gladstone Buildings as Kenning Hardware Store

After an accident in the mine, Frank Kenning purchased a sweet shop which he transformed into a hardware store.


The business included the distribution of kerosene in horse drawn tankers, a later version was leased to Shell “with maintenance” being the provision of horses to pull the tanker and with relief horses also being supplied and the originals taken back for rest and recuperation. This is believed to be the first ever contract hire deal.

After Frank’s death in 1908, George Kenning took over the family business and in 1910 acquired his first motor agency, becoming an agent for Ford only six years later.


1926 - First Dealership opens in Chesterfield

During the 1920s, Kenning was the only company in the country to hold both Morris and Austin distributorships. They also held the first agency granted by the truck-making firm Dennis. In 1926, the Kenning Motor Company opened its doors in Chesterfield whilst keeping Gladstone Buildings as its offices.


Current Day

The Hub at Gladstone will open the doors of this historic building once more in 2017 breathing new life into it and bring back a pillar of the community with our varied facilities.





We hope everyone will enjoy the building and all we have to offer.

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Telephone :   01246 859210


The Hub @ Gladstone Buildings / Broadleys / Clay Cross / Chesterfield / Derbyshire / S45 9JN


The Hub at Gladstone Ltd  -  Company Number 10562824  -  Registered Charity Number 1173454