After reading all the comments on the Williamson’s and Boddy’s postings on the Old Bus Tickets website Peter Abel contributed the above ticket. On the front of the ticket it is titled ‘Williamson’s Bridlington Bus Service’. I am no expert on the Bridlington bus scene but others certainly are and their comments can be read on the Boddy’s and Williamson postings on the Old Bus Photos web site, quick links below.
Peter also sent along a couple of coach tickets for two other Bridlington operators one for H G Anfield & Sons and the other for Boddy’s Motor Tours, as they would be categorised as ‘one offs’ we might as well keep them all together.
19/10/11 – 05:48
Ah! Half-day coach tours – a world that has vanished away. Half a crown to Flamborough in 1946 (that’s 12½p. to you young uns!) and 3/9d each to Hornsea – or just under 19p. Those were the days. And they wrote so nicely – my mum’s handwriting was like that of "E Taylor" (not like my scrawl!)
19/10/11 – 05:50
Thank you Peter A for these wonderful specimens – I certainly never expected to see an Anfield’s ticket.
The mind boggles at the spectacle of "two and a half" passengers boarding in Quay Road – a bit like the late Harry Worth’s weekly opening scene where he chopped himself in half in a shop doorway." The entry on the ticket is an example of a bit of clerical laziness, as lower down there are spaces for "adults and children." For the benefit of the young ‘uns who only know of decimal coinage – the adult fare will have been 2/6d and the child 1/3d in old money.
21/10/11 – 07:06
Nothing what so ever to do with Anfields bus tickets but Chris Youhill mentioning Harry Worth reminds me that he did his first engagement at The Mechanics Institute in Bradford City Centre. As he lived in Barnsley and he probably could not afford a car I like to think that he travelled there on the old joint service 66. This was jointly operated by Yorkshire Traction Yorkshire Woollen and Sheffield Joint Omnibus Commitee. I used to conduct on there with Y.W.D. Interestingly you could not book all the way from Bradford to Sheffield only as far as Barnsley passengers travelling through had to pay again at Barnsley.
27/10/11 – 10:52
There were a lot of strange anomalies regarding revenue allocation and protection of business. Nottingham City Transport had a route (16A) which passed through and terminated in territory served by Midland General’s Wollaton Road services. (I think it was land that was outside the city until after WW2). If you boarded a 16A in the city centre, there was a point beyond which you could not travel, in order to protect Midland General’s revenue. Only passengers joining after the 16A had diverged from Midland General’s route at Canning Circus were allowed to go through to the terminus at Trowell Road (Balloon Houses). Why run it at all? Well, workers from both Player’s tobacco factory, and major parts of Raleigh cycle works were nearer to the 16A on Alfreton Road than Midland General on Ilkeston Road.
27/10/11 – 12:12
After seeing the above paperwork for H G Anfield & Sons and Boddy’s Motor Tours I thought you may be interested to see a Williamsons letterhead, I also include a Williamsons ticket in my possession.
04/07/12 – 10:18
This is the first time I have seen anything to do with my families bus past.
I can remember my great grandad born 1900 telling me about his dad Ruben Williamson but no old photo’s.
05/07/12 – 11:28
Ian, I was most interested to see a ha’penny ticket. The mists of time have clouded my memory, and I was under the impression that only One penny, threeha’pence and twopenny tickets were issued. Also, the Town centre stage is shown as Prince Street – a very old terminus – as far as I recall both Old Town and Queensgate services departed from Chapel Street, certainly from WW2 onwards.
Mark, hello !! While I was researching the Firm’s history some twenty years or so ago a very elderly retired driver (Harold Dowson) took me to visit a relative of Tim Williamson’s at a terrace house in Brett Street – the lady made us very welcome, but was unable to show us any kind of documentation.