Old Buses in Tideswell

March 8, 2016 | 2 Comments | Filed under: 2016, April 2016

I am currently writing a history of “Independent Bus Operators in Derbyshire” and one of the firms I will be covering is Bull of Tideswell. I was wondering if any of your readers might be able to help me as information is rather thin on the ground.

The book is restricted to those companies which operated local bus services, so my main focus would be on the firm’s history between 1945 and 1964. So far I have been unable to find a single photograph of a vehicle owned by Bull’s during this period, so if any of your readers have photographs these would be particularly welcome.

I believe that George Bull (who according to various records was born in 1926) bought the business from a Mr J Buckley in 1945 – this seems rather early in his life to be going into business, so if anyone can provide some background information it would be very useful.

There also seems to be some doubt about the date when Bull’s “station bus” to Millers Dale ceased to operate. I know that the station closed to passenger traffic in 1964, but one correspondent has suggested that Bull’s service ceased sometime before then. Does anybody have a long memory?

Lastly, I would welcome contact with any surviving members of George and Mavis Bull’s family as they could certainly help to fill in some of the gaps in my research.

Anybody who provides assistance will receive a free copy of the book when it is published by Venture Publications of Glossop later this year – the 160 pages will contain details of 20 well-remembered operators including the original Hulley of Baslow and Silver Service, along with nearly 200 photographs (35 in colour) and retail at £18.99.

I enjoyed looking at your blog – after my native Lancashire the county of Derbyshire is easily my favourite area of Britain. I spent many weekends roaming around the Peak in my more energetic youth, and travelling on the local buses to get there is probably what led me to my present interest in lesser-known rural bus operators.

Thank you for your time, and I hope that you can suggest some sources of information.

Neville Mercer


2 Responses to Old Buses in Tideswell

  1. Margaret Jones January 13, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    George Bull of Tideswell was my cousin. He was born on 15 November 1902 & his son George was born on 5 March 1926. George senior was the only son of William Bull who was my fathers brother. His siblings were all girls.
    George senior occasionally took fishing trips to Shardlow where my home was and visited my father during the fishing match. He was just a little younger than my father.
    I live in Wrexham, North Wales & oddly enough, possibly about 20 years ago, I pulled up behind a coach at a roundabout, which said on the back ‘George Bulls Tours, Tideswell’ or something similar.
    I believe that he owned the garage in Tideswell as well as the George Hotel. According to a villager that I met in the George, he lived in the house that the village was named after.
    No photos I’m afraid.

  2. Margaret Jones January 13, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Look what I have just come across. A photo of Bulls Tours bus. Probably the one that I mentioned earlier.


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