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Campbell's Motor Services: Station Lane, Pitsea


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Campbell's Motor Services Campbell's Motor Services Campbell's Motor Services
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Location: Pitsea Railway Station
Bus Type: Albion
Bus Operator: Campbell's
Fleet Number: Unknown
Registration Number: KNO 53
Route Service Number: Unknown
Photographer: Unknown
Year of photo: Circa 1956
Comments: A Campbell's single decker with Eastern National numbering (001) waits at Pitsea railway station. Note the station entrance replaced in the 1970s.
Location: Junction Bull Road/Timberlog Lane Vange
Bus Type:
Bus Operator: Campbell's
Fleet Number: Unknown
Registration Number:
Route Service Number: Unknown
Photographer: Unknown
Year of photo: Circa 1950
Comments: A Campbell's double dekker turns into Timberlog Lane (formerly B1419) from Bull Road. This junction known as Gale's corner was also called Basildon bridge. Bull Road was later renamed Clay Hill Road.
Location: Station Lane
Bus Type: Albion
Bus Operator: Campbell's
Fleet Number: Unknown
Registration Number: GEV 694
Route Service Number: Unknown
Photographer: Pete Brazier
Year of photo: Circa 1955
Copyright: Pete Brazier
Comments: A Campbell's single decker parked in Station Lane adjacent to Railway approach.
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Campbell's Motor Services Campbell's Motor Services Primrose Villa, Pitsea
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Bus Operator: Campbell's
Ticket Type: Bell
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Campbell's Motor Services bus tickets priced from 1d to 4½d.
Bus Operator: Campbell's
Ticket Type: Bell
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Campbell's Motor Services bus tickets priced from 5d to 1/-.
Location: Pitsea Hall Lane
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 24/10/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Primrose Villa. Built in the early 1900s and home to the Campbell family for many years. Empty at the time of this photograph.
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For many years J.W. Campbell & Sons Ltd, operating as Campbell's Motor Services ran a numberrear of Campbell's bus ticket of bus routes in pre-new town Basildon. These included services to the Shell Oil Refinery works at Coryton, Wickford, Hadleigh and local schools services. The family concern were eventually bought out by the Eastern National Omnibus Co. in February 1956.

They operated from an address at Station Parade, Pitsea and had their works depot in Station Lane, virtually opposite Railway Approach.

Their small fleet of vehicles was mainly made up of single dekkers but did include two double dekker buses. These were all transferred to Eastern National at the time of acquisition though few lasted long in service after the transfer before being withdrawn and eventually scrapped.

The business was founded in 1890 by Herbert or Charles Campbell who opened a coal yard at Pitsea Station wharf. By 1895 John William Campbell had taken over and the business soon expanded to include removals and haulage with the company later using the back of their own bus tickets to advertise these services.

The family were originally from Ireland but settled in Pitsea and John, who in 1898 was living on the station estate at Chestnut Road, was also operating as a carman and would later drive the companys earliest passenger vehicles. It would be his sons Richard, Jack and Albert that would keep the family name going when he died in 1932.

J.W. Campbell & Sons, Ltd. Essex Bus Enthusiasts Group publication. For more detailed information on Campbell's Motor Services there is an Essex Bus Enthusiasts Group publication entitled 'J.W. Campbell & Sons, Ltd. of Pitsea, Essex'. Published in 2002 and compiled by Alan Osborne, this 28 page book features 9 black and white photographs, history of the company, fleet list and many more interesting facts.

Details on how to obtain a copy of this publication and other Essex bus operators literature can be found at the Essex Bus Enthusiasts Group website.

Exchange bus ticketTicket denominations for services came in a variety of different colours and started at 1d, with 1½d, 2d, 2½d, 3d, 3½d, 4d, 4½d, 5d, 5½d, 6d, 7d, 8d, 9d, 10d and 1/- examples all known to exist.

Examples of all of these can be seen in the gallery.

To the right is an example of a 'Bell Punch' Exchange bus ticket as used by Campbell's Motor Services.

Campbell's also offered a coach and excursion service and this continued after 1956, finally coming to an end in 1971.

Although the bus operator has long gone, the detached family home called Primrose Villa in Station Lane (now Pitsea Hall Lane), built in the early 20th century, still survives along with the covered depot in Terminus Drive.

The depot building was later taken over in the 1960s by A.W. Pryor (Petroleum) Co. Ltd. as a storage facility for the distribution of texaco petroleum products.

Both properties have recently undergone renovation work and are one of the few remaining pre-new town buildings left in the area.

J. W. Campbell & Sons, Ltd.

Service No. 1.

Pitsea Station
and
Basildon Post Office

PRICE 1d.
F. H. Naish, Printer, South Benfleet.
SERVICE No. 1. PITSEA STATION - BASILDON POST OFFICE. MONDAYS - FRIDAYS

 a.m.p.m.
Pitsea Station 5 156  06 427  59  510 2811 2112 211 214 215 306  06  56 366 50 7 137 348  28 219 21
Broadway 5 176  26 447  79  710 3011 2312 231 234 235 326  26  76 386 52 7 157 368  48 239 23
Barge Inn 5 216  66 487 119 1110 3411 2712 271 274 275 366  66 116 426 56 7 197 408  88 279 27
Gales Corner 5 246  96 517 149 1410 3711 3012 301 304 305 396  96 146 456 59 7 227 438 118 309 30
Church Road P.O. ...6 13......9 18...11 3412 341 34...5 43............ 7 26.........9 34
Basildon P.O. ...6 18......9 24...11 4012 401 40...5 49............ 7 32.........9 40


 a.m.p.m.
Basildon P.O. .........6 22.........9 25...11 5012 501 505 50...... 7 32......9 50
Church Road P.O. .........6 28.........9 31...11 5612 561 565 56...... 7 38......9 56
Gales Corner 5 305 556 126 326 537 177 359 3510 3812  01  02  06  06 157  0 7 428 128 3210  0
Barge Inn 5 335 586 156 356 567 207 389 3810 4112  31  32  36  36 187  3 7 458 158 3510  3
Broadway 5 376  26 196 377  07 247 429 4210 4512  71  72  76  76 227  7 7 498 198 3910  7
Pitsea Station 5 396  46 216 417  27 267 449 4410 4712  91  92  96  96 247  9 7 51......... 



SATURDAYS ONLY.

 a.m.
Pitsea Station 5 156  06 427  59  5 9 4410  310 2810 4411  311 21
Broadway 5 176  26 447  79  7 9 4610  510 3010 4611  511 23
Barge Inn 5 216  66 487 119 11 9 5010  910 3410 5011  911 27
Gales Corner 5 246  96 517 149 14 9 5310 1210 3710 5311 1211 30
Church Road P.O. ...6 13......9 18 9 57......10 57...11 34
Basildon P.O. ...6 18......9 2410  3... ...11  3...11 40

 p.m.
Pitsea Station 12  312 211  01 251 322  7 2 282 583 214 214 595 306 21 7 218 219  39 22
Broadway 12  512 231  21 271 342  9 2 303  03 234 235  15 32 6 237 238 239  59 24
Barge Inn 12  912 271  61 311 382 13 2 343  43 274 275  55 36 6 277 278 279  99 28
Gales Corner 12 1212 301  91 341 412 16 2 373  73 304 305  85 39 6 307 308 309 129 31
Church Road P.O. ...12 34......1 45... .........4 34...5 43 ...7 34......9 35
Basildon P.O. ...12 40......1 51... .........4 50...5 49 ...7 40......9 41
SATURDAYS ONLY.

 a.m.
Basildon P.O. .........6 22... ......9 2510  4...11  411 50
Church Road P.O. .........6 28... ......9 3110 10...11 1011 56
Gales Corner 5 305 556 126 326 53 7 177 359 3510 1410 3811 1412  0
Barge Inn 5 335 586 156 356 56 7 207 389 3810 1710 4111 1712  3
Broadway 5 376  26 196 397  0 7 247 429 4210 2110 4511 2112  7
Pitsea Station 5 396  46 216 417  27 267 44 9 4410 2310 4711 2312  9

 p.m.
Basildon P.O ...12 50......2  2... ......4 50...5 50...7 50 ......9 50
Church Road P.O. ...12 56......2  8... ......4 56...5 56... 7 56......9 56
Gales Corner 12 141  01 141 492 122 40 3 123 324 595 126  06 32 8  08 329 1210  0
Barge Inn 12 171  31 171 522 152 43 3 153 355  35 156  36 35 8  38 359 1510  3
Broadway 12 211  71 211 562 192 47 3 193 395  75 196  76 39 8  78 399 1910  7
Pitsea station 12 231  91 231 582 212 49 3 213 415  95 216  96 41 8  98 419 2110  9

WEDNESDAYS ADDITIONAL JOURNEYS.

 a.m. p.m. a.m.p.m.
Pitsea Station 9 4410  310 4411  312  3 blank.gif Basildon P.O.10  4... ...
Broadway 9 4610  510 4611  512  5 blank.gif Church Road P.O.10 10......
Barge Inn 9 5010  910 5011  912  9 blank.gif Gales Corner10 1411 1412 14
Gales Corner 9 5310 1210 5311 1212 12 blank.gif Barge Inn10 1711 1712 17
Church Road P.O. 9 57...10 57...... blank.gif Broadway10 2111 2112 21
Basildon P.O. 10  3...11  3...... blank.gif Pitsea Station10 2311 2312 23

SUNDAYS ONLY.

 a.m. p.m. a.m.p.m.
Pitsea Station 10 2211 255 206 219 21 blank.gif Basildon P.O....11 505 50 ...9 50
Broadway 10 2411 275 226 239 23 blank.gif Church Road P.O....11 565 56 ...9 56
Barge Inn 10 2811 315 266 279 27 blank.gif Gales Corner10 3512  06  0 6 3210  0
Gales Corner 10 3111 345 296 309 30 blank.gif Barge Inn10 3812  36  3 6 3510  3
Church Road P.O. ...11 385 33...9 34 blank.gif Broadway10 4212  76  7 6 3910  7
Basildon P.O. ...11 445 39...9 40 blank.gif Pitsea Station10 4412  96  9 6 4110  9

The timetable was produced by F.H. Naish whose printing business began around the early 1930s; being based in London Road, South Benfleet. It moved, possibly in 1951, to 202-204 High Road, South Benfleet where the building, just as it was at London Road, was known as the Victory Printing Works. It operated under a number of names including A. F. Naish & Son, and F. & M. Naish & Co. and was active until being wound up in 1988. Both addresses had a South Benfleet exchange number, this being 3115.

Page added: 2004
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Text researched and written by William Cox, 2004 with revisions 2007,2017.
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