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Bailey’s Buses of Turvey

The firm of Bailey's was started by Mr Thomas Bailey in the early 19th century.  They operated carrier carts taking people and goods to Bedford (and its market) three times a week.

The service ran on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.  The horses and carts were replaced by coaches and lorries in the 1930's. The buses were red with black roofs.

The service was very important for village life. My father often talks of the annual village trips to the seaside (usually Yarmouth or Lowestoft).

These photos show two stages in the life of Bailey's Transport. Above is the early horse drawn cart - a rough ride, apparently! The horses and carts were stabled in Carlton Road, later to become Turvey Haulage.

On the left is their smart 1950's coach.  This is my dad and his friends off to the seaside for the day!

The buses were red from 1920 to 1969.

In 1920 a return ticket was 6d and was 1s 8d in 1969

Here are three more photos of the buses owned by Baileys.  Aren't they lovely?

Villagers enjoyed so many great days out on the buses .

Here is the Bailey's Bus timetable for the first half of 1939.  

This picture is from the 'Motor Transport' newspaper, 16 August 1952

Groses of Northampton also operated an open-topped bus service which ran through the village in 1919.

Bailey's buses were advertised in local papers and Kelly's Directories.

Up until World War II the last bus from Bedford left at 11pm!

The Bailey Bus Dynasty

After Thomas Bailey’s death in 1877 the firm passed first to his son:

Charles Bailey (born 1827) and then on to Charles' son:

Frederick Lambert Bailey (1866-1951), and finally to Fred's sons: Frank George Bailey(born 1895) & Charles Frederick Bailey (born 1904).

The firm closed in May 1969 when the two Bailey brothers were 74 and

64 years old respectively.

Turvey Trade

At least one of the Bailey’s Buses is still going strong!

In 1949 Bailey’s purchased a brand new Bedford OB Duple C29F, with the registration HTM20.  It was painted in red and black.

This vehicle later was sold to Waby’s of Holme, then to Norman Boyes of Bradford, and finally it went to the Isle of Man where it was reregistered as 1949 MN.

There are more details and a photo of this vehicle on Old Bus Photos.

One of the vehicles in the Bailey’s fleet was an Albion FT39N Victor with Duple FC33F body, registration NTJ 526.

This bus was bought from Hood, Morecombe in February 1959 and had been built in March 1952.