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Ledgard of Leeds Buses (ePub)

P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Transport > Buses World History > UK & Ireland > England > Yorkshire & Humberside

By Stuart Emmett
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Buses
File Size: 8.7 MB (.epub)
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781802820546
Published: 13th April 2022


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Samuel Ledgard, the legendary founder and owner of the bus operator based in Leeds, started out running a pub in 1896. However, he soon branched out into catering, for which transport was needed and so, in 1912, he bought a lorry along with an interchangeable coach body and started services to the seaside resorts of Scarborough and Blackpool in 1913. Though the First Word War stopped expansion, in 1920 the coastal runs were resumed and Ledgard grew, purchasing many local bus operators. After Samuel’s death in 1952, his son started a new policy of buying mainly second-hand buses – in the next 15 years only 13 new vehicles were bought, but over 170 second-hand ones joined the fleet.

Focusing on the 1950s and 60s, this nostalgic look at the iconic Ledgard takes the reader on a trip down memory lane. Starting with a brief history of the buses themselves and their routes, it then goes on to examine the fleet, covering not only buses from London’s Daimler fleet which ran on all but two of the double-decker routes, but also the single deckers and low-bridge double deckers.

Using a variety of images, with illustrative captions, this book not only rekindles memories for those fortunate enough to have known Ledgards but also gives an insight into these charming vehicles for the many others who were never able to experience Ledgards first hand.

"Focusing on the 1950s and 1960s this well-illustrated, compact, nostalgic collection, employing a variety of images, examines some of the opportunities and problems facing public transport in West Yorkshire in this era..."

Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society, 31(2023)

This book not only rekindles memories for those fortunate enough to have known Ledgards but also gives an insight into these charming vehicles for the many others who were never able to experience Ledgards first hand.

Yorkshire Reporter

For those interested in the histories of small businesses Stuart Emmett’s books will certainly whet the appetite; and if you want to see the vehicles in their glorious miscellany of liveries and environments, you are in for a treat. From early Leylands through Bedford WTB, OB, OWB and SBs to twin-steer VALs, bodywork and chassis by dozens of manufacturers, open platforms and centre entrances, half cabs and flat fronts, you will find them all in profusion, sharply and brightly printed, with informative captions.

I wholeheartedly commend these books.

Journal of the Road Transport History Association - No103, December 2021

"Members will enjoy the text and photo captions which tell the story in a very readable manner."

PSV Circle (Buses) - May 2022, No 988

"A largely photographic compilation with many images in colour this book also shows now demolished buildings around Leeds. An interesting exercise in nostalgia, showing that Leeds area transport was not only about trams!"

York Model Engineers Newsletter - May 2022

"The book’s many photographs show the buses at work in their operating territory which stretched between Leeds, Bradford, Ilkley and Harrogate, with interesting street and scenic views. For the enthusiast of buses of that period, as well as people with a specific interest in Ledgard’s, this will be a worthwhile addition to the library."

Andy Wood, Wessex Transport Society

About Stuart Emmett

Stuart Emmet has trained/consulted in many industries, to many nationalities and in many locations on five continents. He holds a Master of Science degree from Cranfield University UK and a BA (Hons) from the Open University in the UK, and is also qualified as a mentor, a further education teacher and an NVQ assessor/verifier and as has acted as external examiner and verifier to various UK Universities and professional Institutes on many supply chain topics. He is the author of more than 30 books and 100s of articles. His works include Tommy’s Bus, Burrow & Sons, Wombwell 1921 to 1974, York Pullman 1926 to 1985 and more than 30 books on topics covering management, logistics, purchasing and supply chain management. Stuart is now retired and lives in Gosforth and Nether Wasdale in Cumbria and maybe seen regularly walking between these two places accompanied by a black lab called Gilly.

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