Winteringham Carriers and Buses

Winteringham Local History and Genealogy

Carriers and Buses

Carriers

Carriers were the early form of public road transport, though not a bus service by any means.  Carriers would generally take any goods, and sometimes people, to particular places, as their name suggests, but they would also ‘shop’ for people from the village and bring the bought goods back for customers in Winteringham.

The special feature of the Winteringham carriers was that they frequently ran their services to coincide with the village ferry, and the usual destinations of their services were Hull and Barton.  In any case, Scunthorpe was just another village when they were at their height of popularity.

Some of the village carriers were:
1856: Henry Robinson and James Sewell to Barton and Hull (White’s Directory)
1861: James Sewell, to Barton on Monday, Hull Tuesday & Friday; Henry Robinson, James Sewell, to Barton on Monday, Hull Tuesday & Friday (Post Office Directory)
1868: John Sewell, to Barton on Mondays, and to Hull on Tuesdays and Fridays; Henry Robinson , to Barton on Mondays, and to Hull on Tuesdays and Fridays (Post Office Directory)
1885: Robert Cook Thornton to Barton on Mondays, and to Hull on Tuesdays and Fridays; Henry Robinson , to Barton on Mondays, and to Hull on Tuesdays and Fridays (Kelly’s Directory)
1889: Robert Cook Thornton to Hull on Tuesdays and Fridays; Henry Robinson , to Barton on Mondays, and to Hull on Tuesdays and Fridays (Kelly’s Directory) Note: Robert Cook Thornton was also the licensee of the Ferry Boat Inn

The Mysterious Death of a Carrier in Hull .... Hull Daily Mail 14th September 1891

The adjourned inquest touching the death of Robert Cook Thornton, carrier, of Winteringham, who died at the Infirmary last week under mysterious circumstances, was resumed at the Town Hall today, before Mr A. Thorney, deputy-coroner.  The Chief Constable (Captain Gurney), Detective Superintendent Clapham, and Inspector Dannatt, were present on behalf of the police.  The Coroner said that since the adjournment of the inquiry the police had made investigations and had found out certain things which caused him to decide upon further adjourning the inquest until Monday next at two o'clock.  The jury acquiesced, and the inquiry was adjourned accordingly.
 


1905: George Clayton to Hull, Tuesdays and Fridays, Henry Smith to Barton on Mondays, and to Hull on Tuesdays and Fridays (Kelly’s Directory)
1909: George Clayton to Hull, Tuesdays and Fridays, William Henry Smith to Barton on Mondays, and to Hull on Tuesdays and Fridays (Kelly’s Directory)
1919 George Clayton to Hull, Fridays, William Henry Smith to Barton on Mondays, and to Hull on Tuesdays (Kelly’s Directory)

According to a 1926 directory, Altoft operated to Scunthorpe on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Buses

1930s bus trip from WinteringhamIt was Altofts who ran the first bus services to and from the village in the 1920s.  This was replaced by the services of the ‘Humber Road Car Company’ which was then taken over by “Enterprise Passenger Services” in 1937, some of whose coaches were housed in a large garage in High Burgage.

With nationalisation of bus services, Lincolnshire Road Car operated all the buses through the village from 1950, and they continued to keep buses in the garage in High Burgage until 1960, when it was sold.

The bus operations then stabilised for many years under Lincolnshire Road Car and then the National Bus Company, but for a more detailed history of that company you may click here and then select ‘History’ from the RoadCar site.  This also has pictures of the kinds of double and single decker buses that frequented the Winteringham routes.

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Bus Trip August 1957

Mr and Mrs Lionel Burkill, Lizzie Clayton, Alice Bratton, Mr and Mrs Charlie Clarke, Mr and Mrs George Clarke, Mr and Mrs P Hall
Nellie Wilson, Mrs Ogg, Mrs Brown, Mr Brown, Bob Matchett, Tom Baker, Wheeler Brumby, Snob Teal, Lily Butler

Mrs Cawkwell, Ethel Ellis, Bella Ellis, Annie Barber (later married Rev Victor Dixon) Joyce Brumby, Mrs Odlin

(Photo and names supplied by Lorna Tomlinson, scan by Ken Jacobs)

 

Enterprise and Silver Dawn Employees Bus Pass 525w

Scan of her mother’s bus pass courtesy of Mary Fell

 

Bus - Enterprise and Silver Dawn 512w

Mary’s mother working on a bus owned by Enterprise and Silver Dawn (this one heading for Yaddlethorpe Cross Roads).  Mary’s mother had lodgings in Winteringham so that she could work the first bus of the morning, and Mary thinks this is how she came to meet her future husband (Mr Clarke).

Of Enterprise and Silver Dawn, Mary says that they were the bus company that used to run a service, particularly the workmen's service for shift workers.  A Winteringham man Alf Howlett was one of the Drivers for a number of years.  The bus was kept in the Garage in High Burgage.  I think the first one in a morning was 10 past 5 which would take people for the 6 to 2 shift - it would have gone around Burton to Scunthorpe.

 

Modern service information is available on the RoadCar site too, but for the record, the services operated in the 1950s and 1960s were these:

Route 110:
Scunthorpe, Dragonby, Roxby, Winterton, Winteringham, South Ferriby, Barton, Barrow, New Holland
Route 111:
Scunthorpe, Normanby, Burton, Thealby, Winterton, Winteringham, South Ferriby, Barton, Barrow, New Holland
Route 110A
Appleby Extensions, Scunthorpe, Roxby, Winterton, Winteringham
Route 128
Appleby Extensions, Scunthorpe, Normanby, Burton, Thealby,  Winterton, Winteringham

The importance of New Holland as a destination at the time, was of course its ferries to Hull from the pier there - a hark back to the times when the carriers of Winteringham did exactly the same with the village ferry.

Lincolnshire Road Car estimated in the 1960s that they were carrying 49,000 passengers per year to Winteringham, which had a total of 45 bus services each day.

Mid-sixties timetable:

The timetable in the 1960s was:

From Scunthorpe

Towards Scunthorpe

 

05:10
06:45
07:54
07:59
09:24
11:14
12:09
13:10
14:24
14:50
15:30
15:39
16:33
16:59
17:13
17:43
18:14
18:49
20:14
21:03
21:29
22:50

128 (started Winterton)
128
110 (terminated Winteringham)
111
110
110
110
128(started Winterton)
110
128
110A(started Winterton)
111
110A
110
110A
110A
110(terminated Barton)
110
110
110A
110
128

05:10
06:45
08:05
08:15
09:31
11:14
13:10
13:16
14:21
14:50
15:30
15:51
16:34
17:15
17:36
18:00
18:36
19:16
20:26
21:10
22:06
22:50
23:21

128
128
110A (to John Leggott)
110
111
110
128
110
110
128 (terminated Winterton)
110A
110
110A
110A
111
110A
110
110 (Started Barton)
110
128
110
110A/128
110

 

Roadcar bus to New Holland in 1952

The early 1950s and Lincs Road Car GFW 1 ploughs through the tidal floods towards New Holland.

 

 

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