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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.

Page added: 2004
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Text researched and written by William Cox, 2004 with revisions 2007.
Copyright © 2004-2007, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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