Pool Valley

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Photo:Pool Valley in 1967

Pool Valley in 1967

Picture reproduced with permission from Brighton History Centre

This page was added on 22/03/2006.
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I waited months to be able to take this photograph! It relied upon the bus second from the right (315 - GUF250D) which was the 1966 Commercial Motor Show exhibit, coming in from the east on the 12 group of routes, at the same time as the prototype, No 257, coming in from local service on the 13. The other buses, a Guy Arab on route 16 relief (left) and the then new 1967 Leyland PD3 (right) just add to the flavour.

By Martin Nimmo (23/02/2007)

Excellent photo. My Dad was a conductor on the Southdown Busses in the late 60's and 70's, He was very well known. His last name was McKechnie everyone called him "Mac" or little Mac as he was short. My Dad used to take my younger sister Jen and I on his bus route while he was working, we loved it so much. When ever we would catch a bus he would get us to say "Two tuppenny prives please brother", he got a kick out of teaching us that. We used to love going down those stairs where the depot was and upstairs to where the mess was. One of his collegues drew caricatures of my Dad and had them up in the mess, they were humourous, I think about his height, not too sure. I have fond memories of Pool Valley going there with my sister and my Dad. He was sad when all the conductors were phased out because of the newer busses, he said the customer service on the busses went downhill after that (That was his opinion based on what he used to do for people as a conductor getting on and off the bus, things that bus drivers cannot do as they have to stay seated for the most part). I'd love to see more photos of Pool Valley.

By Fiona Coleman (nee:McKechnie) (25/03/2007)

My Dad was a conductor in the late 1960s early 1970s. He was known as Tony Carvil and I went on trips out with him specially on the Eastbourne runs and many a time sat up with the driver. My Grandmother was a conductoress at the same time along with Harry Strong who was her driver.

By Sean Carvil (06/05/2007)

In the background is the building which housed the Cowley family bakery - known at one time as 'Ye Olde Bunn Shoppe'. You can see more photographs and read some of the history of this at http://www.cowleyfamily.org.uk/bunn_shoppe.html

By Peter Cowley (03/10/2010)

Hi Fiona. I started with Southdown in 1970 as a driver. I remember " Mac" very well. I worked with him many times, and we always had a laugh. He was always very cheerful.

By Peter Bradick (25/05/2011)

I don't remember this depot. My father was on the buses from as early (as I recall) as the 1970s or earlier. He was Bruce Crowe.  Did the Conway Street have a busman pub upstairs or was it at Pool Valley?

By Nikki Gozzett (14/11/2017)