Getting About - Bottesford 1919 - 1960s

Whose Car Was This?

When I first came to the village in1956 there weren’t many people with cars. I think Mr. Taylor, the butcher, had one. Well he had a van – for deliveries. But a private car! Really few and far between. Most men had a motorbike. Because they went to Grantham, didn’t they, to the engineering works, or they worked for Bill Roberts, they came in his lorries. I mean, we didn’t have a car ’til John was about 36. You didn’t bother, did you? You had a bike and the bus service and the train.

But it was a big event for the Bottesford people to go to Grantham on a Saturday…the bus service was run from Bottesford by a guy called Randell, and on a Saturday morning at 10 o’clock , there would be 4 or sometimes 5 buses, one after another. Picking locals up to going to Grantham.They were always full. And then there was another lorry there that if you bought say a pig or chickens… You’d put it on this lorry and he would deliver it.”

Until the 1960s privately owned cars were a rarity. There were only a few local cars and trade vehicles, such as Mr. Simpson, the baker’s, van, or the impressive fleet of vehicles run by Mr. William Roberts. Most people relied for transport on the bicycle or the bus, like the Randell’s bus shown here in a photograph sent to us by the grandaughter of William Randell. But by the 1960s every young man (though not many young women) started to look forward to the day when he could buy a car of his own.

How many households in Bottesford now have two or even three cars?

Can you help us identify the make and approximate date of these vehicles or add any other information or photographs?

What was the last horse-drawn vehicle to be in regular use?

This page was added on 25/01/2008.

Comments about this page

  • The 1920s car shown outside the Christmas & Chorlton garage is a 1925 Trojan solid tyred utility car. It was chain driven, had an underfloor 2 stroke engine of 1488cc and a top speed of about 35mph. It was made in Kingston Surrey by Leyland motors. I have an earlier version of this car, but mine is fitted with pneumatic tyres.

    By Roger Armstrong (04/01/2016)
  • Dear Roger, Thanks very much for your information. I think we were pretty sure it was a Trojan, but not the model or date, which of course allows us to narrow down the date of the photograph. Neil Fortey (joint ed.)

    By Neil Fortey (04/01/2016)
  • Further to the information about the Trojan car I can also say that Mr. Saunders 1937 Picture shows a BSA 10 car that was registered JF 8633 in Leicester in 1935. I have found the Victorian Cycling photographs most interesting. I would be able to provide more information about those and a fairly precise dating of each if that would be helpful as I am a cycling historian.

    By Roger Armstrong (06/01/2016)
  • Dear Roger

    We would be most interested in any information concerning the makes and date of the bicycles in the archive collection. Thank you very much for the offer. If convenient please do add any information as comments under each photograph. Thank you. Kind regards, David (Editorial Group)

    By David Middleton (07/01/2016)
  • My parents bought a Morris Oxford in 1964.

    By John Emmons (05/06/2017)
  • Looking at the photo of the crossing at the ford at the Green: the Minivan I think was owned by John Pearson, a farmer’s son from the High St, Bottesford.

    By Michael Bradshaw (06/06/2017)

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