Bus Rides around Chilworth

During the 1950's and 1960's, there were three bus companies, running single deck buses through Chilworth, each with their own colour scheme. All photos by Alan Edwards.

TILLINGBOURNE VALLEY SERVICES

Tillingbourne Valley ex London Transport GS 1 MXX301 and GS 4 MXX304 buses parked outside Chilworth Bus Garage next to The Tangley Stores.

The buses were painted Maroon with a grey relief, and fondly known as "The Tilly". The buses were kept at the Garage in Chilworth New Road. The proprieter was Mr Trice, Some of the driver's names that come to mind are, Jim Hatcher, Mr Friend and Mr Tubbs. The route at that time had no route number and ran from Guildford to Farley Green, via Shalford, Chilworth and Albury, the first buses started, and the last buses of the day finished their journeys at The Bus Garage in New Road, Chilworth, next door to Sidney Petty's Tangley Stores.

Tillingbourne Valley Bus Service

Bell Punch Ticket

4d Single

1935

Part of my collection

BROWN MOTOR SERVICES

Brown Motor Services Bedford OB Bus HOT339 passing a fallen tree at Tangley Crossing.

These buses were run by Mr Brady from the Garage at Forest Green, some local people called the bus "The Brown Baby, The Brownie or The Brady". The buses were coloured Brown with a Cream relief. The two hourly service had no route number and ran from Guildford to Holmbury St. Mary and Forest Green via Shalford, Chilworth, Albury, Shere and Gomshall. I can recall a couple of the driver's names, Bert and Gordon.

BROWN MOTOR SERVICES

Prop. A.T.BRADY.

Bell Punch Ticket

1/8 Return

1932

Ticket not in my collection.

Scan by kind permission of Bob Thorpe

LONDON TRANSPORT, COUNTRY BUSES

London Transport Bus RF 652 NLE652 at Tangley Crossing.

Route 425 operated from Guildford Garage (Code GF) and Dorking Garage (Code DS). These buses were painted Green with a Cream relief. During the summer months, sometimes there would be a Red Bus running, as more buses were needed in those days. The main route ran from Guildford to Dorking, via Shalford, Chilworth, Albury, Shere, Gomshall and Westcott, short journeys, known as swingers, ran between Guildford and Chilworth Station. These buses in the 1950's were still known of as "The General" by some of the more elderly local folk, although The London General Omnibus Company had ceased in 1933 when it became London Transport.

 

LONDON TRANSPORT

COUNTRY BUSES

5d Single ticket

Part of my collection

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