A bus ride in the countryside

 Wybunbury and Hough (etc) are the destinations for this early Crosville bus

ANDREW Lamberton was loaned this picture with permission to copy it and use it in this feature.

   He writes: The conductress on the right is Elizabeth Chapman who usually worked with her brother, Joe, who was the driver (but Iím not sure if he is in the picture).

  They were two of the 10 children of Mary Susanna Chapman who ran the laundry for the Brine Baths Hotel around 1900.

   The photograph would have been taken around 1920.

   In 1925, Elizabeth married George Myford who worked at Harveyís tanyard. Their daughter, Edith  (the owner of the photograph), was born in 1927.

   Apparently all her motherís family worked for Crosville - the bus company which operated throughout Cheshire including routes locally - and the family has a canteen of cutlery inscribed by Crosland Taylor, one of the two original owners of Crosville Motor Services.

   While working as a conductress, Elizabeth sometimes had to walk in front of the bus when it was foggy.

Crosville Motor Services today



Above: The No 7 Crosville bus, seen at the railway crossing in Newcastle Road in 1915, in a picture taken from the footbridge. It appears in "Crewe and Nantwich at War . . . a Visual Memory" by Mark Potts and Tony Marks (Bookmark Publications).

   The authors have given permission for the use of the picture.


Below: A later bus at Nantwich bus station around 1948. Apparently the bus had wooden seats. Andrew says he's not sure when the bus station was first in use but he knows that in 1934 bus services started from the Market Hall. In the background of the picture, on the right, is the now-demolished Technical Institute.


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