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Amersham Bus Garage and Surrounds
In the area where Tesco now
is, Amersham used to have quite a large bus garage which in its heyday
had with routes to many places. The
first garage was set up by the Amersham and District Motor Bus
and Haulage Co. Ltd. The company was set up on the 15th September
1919 by a local doctor and some friends to serve the surrounding area.
It started operating from the yard of The Griffin (now Ask) before
opening a garage in The Broadway, Old Amersham. The buildings are now
occupied by B&M Garages.
Now B&M Garages, this is the
original bus garage in Amersham
Other bus operators also began to serve the area and in
1933 the London Transport Passenger Board (LPTB)
took over operations of all bus routes in the area. The LPTB
purchased the Amersham and District on
the 24th November 1933 and in 1934
they opened a new garage in Amersham adjacent to the
former Amersham & District's
The above picture is probably from the 1960s when the
garage was still run by London Transport. To the right can be seen
the old offices and staff buildings, with beyond Fox's. The garage
remained under LTPB (and its
successors) until 1970 when London
Country Buses took it over. It
remained in use until closed in December 1989, after which it was demolished.
The Tesco petrol station now stands on the site.
Picture Courtesy and copyright B L Wood
The above pictures show the LPTB garage in the 1980s with an
interesting selection of buses, including an open top bus.
To the left is the original Amersham Bus Garage, then
and still B&M garage. The tops of the old gas holders
can also be seen in the background.
Picture Courtesy and Copyright of R Fell, High
Above, a London Country
362 service on the High Wycombe /
Amersham route turns left at the bottom of Gore Hill. This is
where the roundabout at the entrance to Tesco is now. Note on
the left the two shops with an opening in between.
These were the then Fox's
shops. They were knocked down to make way for Tesco and
Fox's had a new shop built on the corner of the new Tesco
site. You can also see behind the bus a couple of houses,
also now demolished. Beyond that would have been the Bowyers
meat factory - if anyone has a picture of that, it would be good
to add it to this site.
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