Photographs, Negatives, Slides and Plates of Buses
I do not know the location of this photograph. Two West Yorkshire buses are parked up, the signs state "Private West Yorkshire Information Service. The bus on the right is a Bristol and the registration number was CMY 971. The fleet number of SC32 can be see on the engine housing. The fleet number of the other bus was SC81. The registration plate was DWW 595. This vehicle has a number of passengers, one of whom seems to be transferring to the other service.
That old tree still stands on the corner of the road junction in the distance. The bus is trundling up the slope of Gooselands Hill and over the bridge spanning the River Skirfare. Calling at Grassington and Cracoe, the bus is picking up or dropping off passengers in Arncliffe before heading towards the market town of Skipton. During the inter-war years this was an important transport link for those living in Wharfedale and Littondale. At least the wheels are turning on this bus. In May 1936 there was a protest against the erection of caravans in Littondaie made at a meeting of the Settle Rural District Council. A letter was read from Kathleen Bond, of the Low Mill, Arncliffe in which she said "she was horrified to see a large red motor-bus parked in a field, and as the wheels were removed it was apparent that it would remain a fixture. She regarded it as 'strident horror,' and said it had been placed in such a position as to spoil completely the view of a picturesque corner where the beck and river met." Mrs. Bond regarded the bus sans roues to be a "threat of vulgar suburbanism."