Jennings Coaches – can you help?

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We’ve had a request for information for some research related to Bude.
Ben Found writes:
I am currently undertaking research into the history of WJO Jennings Coaches (originally of Morwenstow and latterly, Bude).
Jennings’s unmistakable orange and white coaches were a familiar sight in Bude for many years, indeed there are some great images of Jennings vehicles on your website.

WJO Jennings originally had premises at Crimp, but subsequently moved to 8 Queen Street, Bude (previously occupied by Dobson’s Coaches?) before taking over the bus garage on Lansdown Road. I understand their garage on Lansdown Road has recently been cleared.

Of course, Jennings were particularly well-known for operating the rail-replacement service that connected Bude to Okehampton (and subsequently Exeter) following the closure of the Bude branch line. There are various excellent books, websites, etc devoted to Bude’s railway heritage, but not to the replacement bus link that was operated by Jennings for some 30 years.
I was therefore wondering if you or your website’s readers had any information relating to Jennings Coaches?

2 Comments

  • Avatar Ian Bryant says:

    My father Charlie Bryant worked for them for over 30 years

  • Avatar Gary hockin says:

    I started off being a baggage boy then became one of the mechanics with Gordon, Trick and Kevin. Dave, my dad, also drove for them. The best bosses I have ever had and great fleet of coaches – worked with great guys; the good times.

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