Where are we based?

Since 2015, 1st 4 Driving Ltd has offered driving lessons and has been based in Callington in Cornwall. Since then, we offer driving lessons across Plymouth, Saltash, Launceston, St Austell, Truro, Liskeard, Bodmin, as well as in the south of England in Southampton and Portsmouth.

Image of The Old Clink Callington

Then: The Old Clink

Driving School Dave took over The Old Clink, which is an historical listed building. The Old Clink was built in 1851 at a cost of £60 and included two lockups on the ground floor where petty criminals and drunks would be detained. The upper floor, which now serves as an office for booking in driving lessons and website maintenance, was used as a vestry room where officers presided over the payment of poor relief to the disadvantaged members of the parish.

By 1866, the building was no longer being used as a lock-up, and was replaced by a police station in Tavistock. Having fallen out of use and in danger of collapse, the building fell into disrepair and was eventually awarded a grant for complete renovation in 2006, partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund Objective One, as well as the South West Regional Development Agency.

image of The Old Clink Callington now

Now: 1st 4 Driving Headquarters in the snow

In 2009, rumours surfaced of secret and mysterious tunnels that led to the building after a pothole that was being filled in near the site appeared to be bigger than first thought. The rumour was that the tunnels were built for magistrates as a quick getaway after sentencing, or to transport prisoners to the jail to avoid lynch mobs. Sheila Lightbody, a local historian said “The legend of the tunnel has never been proved”, and that the holes were more likely to have led to cellars used by local businesses.

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