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Cowley Road and Cotswold Close, Uxbridge
Cowley Road and Cotswold Close, Uxbridge

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David Humber



Registered: January 2012
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This picture was taken in the notorious winter of 1963 and shows the junction of the two roads next to Whitehall School. The building on the right is the Van and Horses pub, that disappeared when Cowley Road was widened.
· Date: Sat August 24, 2013 · Views: 3,508 · Filesize: 47.5kb, 251.3kb · Dimensions: 1031 x 707 ·
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Keywords: Cowley Road Cotswold Close, Uxbridge
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David Humber

Registered: January 2012
Posts: 202
Sat August 24, 2013 14:51

You will see that the Van and Horses was a Harmans pub. The Harmans brewery was in the town of Uxbridge, roughly where the Chimes Shops are now. It was not uncommon in the late '50s to smell the brewing process hanging over the town from time to time.
bondyboy67

Registered: January 2012
Location: West Sussex
Posts: 72
Sun August 25, 2013 08:35

I remember that winter well, I was driving buses from Uxbridge garage and drove the 224 along that road many many times.
I also worked part time in the Engine West Drayton another Harmans pub, a great pint of bitter.
Admin

Registered: January 2012
Posts: 537
Mon August 26, 2013 02:26

What an incredibly evocative and atmospheric picture!
David Humber

Registered: January 2012
Posts: 202
Sun September 1, 2013 22:25

Bondyboy67. I can remember the 224 which went down Cowley Road, along with the 222 which still does, but I cannot remember where it went to. Can you remind me? PS, thanks for the 10 stars.
bondyboy67

Registered: January 2012
Location: West Sussex
Posts: 72
Tue September 3, 2013 08:45

Hi David. 224 went from Uxbridge to Laleham via West Drayton Colnbrook Wraysbury Staines. This bus was hourly and was the favourite of most drivers.
We also did 224a and 224b these two only went to West Drayton with one going from the station to Mill Road and the other to Stockley Estate.
These were operated by RF Buses single deckers, the passenger doors were not allowed to be used and had been screwed closed, amazing as nowadays most buses can't operate with the doors open. In winter we used to carry an allan key to allow the doors to close once we got passed Sipson. Regards Chris
David Humber

Registered: January 2012
Posts: 202
Tue September 3, 2013 16:40

Thank you Bondyboy67 for that information. I wish the 224 was still running. Today I need to use THREE buses to get from Staines to Uxbridge! (and a fourth to get from home into Staines.)

 


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