Retro Nero   19 Feb 2023, 6:03 pm
Does anyone know where in Langley Park was Gypsy Queens Depot/Garage . Also any pics.?
cbma06   19 Feb 2023, 7:28 pm
(19 Feb 2023, 6:03 pm)Retro Nero wrote Does anyone know where in Langley Park was Gypsy Queens Depot/Garage . Also any pics.?

Never been to the depot, but tried to do a address search but with no success, but came across on the web in the northern echo of how Gypsy Queen got its name:

“Buses and coaches are an important aspect of Langley Park's history and a garage now used by Maddrell's coaches just up from the old cinema was once home to Langley Park's Gypsy Queen service. Willy Benton, a Langley Park off-licence owner, started this business in the village around 1920.

For years he had delivered goods to villagers with his horse and cart, until the army confiscated the horse during World War One.

In its place Benton bought a car and then in 1920 he purchased a charabanc or open-topped bus with a retractable canvas hood.

Benton called his fledgling bus service Gypsy Queen, after a horse that unexpectedly won him £3,000 in the Irish Sweepstakes after the race leader and favourite fell at the final fence. Benton acquired newer buses as time passed and the business grew.”

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cbma06   19 Feb 2023, 7:48 pm
I think it was on front street in Langley park.

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Rapidsnap   19 Feb 2023, 8:58 pm
Latterly used by Bob Smith Coaches who previously had a bigger yard further up the street.

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Retro Nero   19 Feb 2023, 9:23 pm
Thanks for the information, appreciated
The address being I presume number 53 , this could be why Gypsy Queen used that service number
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