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Adverse conditions

Always pleased to be out in the snow, on Thursday 15th February 1979 I took a lengthy perambulation of Hanham, Longwell Green and Cadbury Heath. I can't remember whether my motive was mere enjoyment of the occasion or whether I had some sort of "documentary" purpose. The joint operation of the Bristol city services by Bristol Omnibus Co. and the City Council had lately ended. Park Estate, Cadbury Heath, a suburb of Bristol but beyond its boundaries, had always been served by the "Hanham Local Services", a separate entity descended from the routes of W. Bence, an independent whose bus operation had been taken over in 1936. Eventually Hanham Depot, which operated the "Hanham locals" was to close and routes like the 388 were grafted onto extended city services. Thirty-three years later, I can't remember whether I was acting on known information in taking these photographs, or whether it was prescience on my part. The bus had spent most of its life as part of the Gloucester city fleet. In November 1977 it had been transferred to the "country" fleet and reallocated to Hanham. This sort of thing often happened as part of the Company's labyrinthine mileage balancing arrangements.

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Taken on February 21, 2012