Kingswood History Society

August 30 2019

OUR July topic was ‘A Tribute to Bristol’s Buses’. The Bristol Omnibus Company was the dominant bus operator in Bristol, and was one of the oldest bus companies in the United Kingdom. It ran buses over a wide area of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and neighbouring counties until operations ceased in 1987.
In 1875 George White formed the Bristol Tramways Company and began a horse drawn service. In 1895, they began to operate electric trams, and in 1906 introduced motor buses and rapid expansion followed. In 1908 it began the manufacture of its own buses and soon began to sell buses to other operators. For 75 years, Bristol buses were widely used in the United Kingdom, and were also exported to many countries. From 1987 the company name gradually fell out of use and eventually became First Bus.
There will be no meeting in August. Our topic on September 3 will be ‘Chocolate Dinosaurs’. Hugh and Mike will tell us how chocolate is made, with reference to J.S Frys. Surely unmissable!
We are running a trip from Kingswood to visit the Newport Medieval Boat on Friday August 23. Anyone interested in joining us should contact Dennis Noble on 0117 9834 692.
Kingswood History Society meets on the first Tuesday of each month (March – December, August 2019 excepted) at 7.30pm, in the Park Centre, Kingswood High Street, (opposite the Civic Centre BS15 9TR, parking in Hollow Road, opposite the Civic Centre).
Anyone interested in joining us should visit our website or just come along to our meetings. Cost is £2.50 per visit including refreshments. Annual subscription is only £20.

Paul Hanmore