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Edwards coaches in the 1950s.

image: Edwards coaches at Sudeley Castle in the 1950s

Arthur Bennett recalls that the photo was taken at at Barrack Square, Near Gloucester Prison sometime in the 1950's.
Edwards Bus Garage was situated at Joys Green, Lydbrook. The third driver from the left is Les Hale of Joys Green, Lydbrook. Can anyone name more drivers? or identify the buses!?.
Thanks to John Edwards for pointing out (Feb 2006): "The coaches are all A.E.C. except third from left which I think is a Daimler . I would date them as 1940s".

From left to right: 1 Geoff Goode, 2 Tich Mathews, 3 Les Hale of Joys Green, 4 Merrick Griffin

Ria Baker added (November 2012): "... I think the fourth person in the photograph is Merrick Griffin who was a coach driver for Edwards Coaches circa 1959. About 1970 Merrick then founded Greystone Coaches".

Thanks also to Michael Stephens for adding (Feb 2006): "From Left To Right.
Coach 1 ?,
Coach 2 - VJ7 040, AEC Santus C33F purchased by Edwards in1947 and scrapped in1958,
Coach 3 - CJA 55. Daimler Plaxton C32F purchased By Edwards in 1947 and sold in 1953,
Coach 4 ?,
Coach 5 - JDD 846, AEC Burlingham C33F. Bought new by Edwards in1949 and sold in 1961.
Coach 6 - FCJ 57, AEC Prewar Duple Bodywork C33F. Bought in1948 and sold 1952,
Coach 7 - HAD 370, AEC Duplec33F. Purchased new in 1947 and sold in 1954.
Coach 8 - JDG 375, AEC Plaxton C33F. Purchased new in 1950 sold in 1963.
Information came from "Fleet Histories of Selected Independent Operators Gloucestershire. Part 1 Forest of Dean and Tewkesbury Areas Published by PSV Circle in 2005". Also Plaxton are still building bodies for Coaches and Buses.

image: Edwards coach KJD 902 after it was withdrawn from service.
This photograph was taken after this Edwards AEC Reliance KJD902 was withdrawn from service

Thanks to Michael Stephens for adding (Feb 2006): "The vehicle KJD902 was purchased by Edward's in 5/63 and withdrawn in 5/77. The vehicle is A.E.C. Roe Dalesman C37C. It was bought from Essex County Coaches and was derelict at the depot in1978. This Information came from "Fleet Histories of
selected independent operators of Gloucestershire Part 1 Forest of Dean and Tewkesbury. Published by the PSV Circle in September 2005."

Thanks also to Brian Skinner.


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