By Bus and Boat to Rame, by Roger Grimley

By Bus and Boat to Rame, by Roger Grimley
By Bus and Boat to Rame, by Roger Grimley

Published privately by the author, 44 pages. A4 size staple bound booklet (N5218)

This privately published A4 size booklet provides a fascinating history of public transport on, to and from the Rame peninsula in West Cornwall, and it includes the fishing villages of Cawsand and Kingsand, as well as Millbrook. Sections include: Map of Motor Bus Routes in the Rame peninsula, the area and its people, The Ferries, Early Road Transport, the Millbrook Steamboat Company, The Yellow Supreme, Haddys Bus, and Out Tregantle Way. The booklet is illustrated throughout with several small black and white photographs

From the introduction: Standing on Plymouth Hoe one feels a real sense of history. From here Sir Francis Drake went to fight the Spanish Armada and from the Barbican, just below, the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America in 1620. Here is the immense natural harbour of Plymouth Sound that for centuries has been of great strategic importance. Its situation at the western entrance to the English Channel led to the establishment of a naval dockyard nearby in 1691 and now Plymouth is a major naval base and seaport....

The Sound is at the meeting place of two rivers, the Plym and the Tamar. The former flows from Dartmoor while the latter, rising near the north coast, forms much of the border between Devon and Cornwall. It broadens out as it reaches Plymouth, meeting the River Lynher and becoming the Hamoaze, with Devonport Dockyard on the eastern bank. A channel leads past Drakes Island into the Sound and round a breakwater constructed oerween 1812 and 1840.

On the Devon side of the Sound are Staddon Heights while the wooded slopes of Mount Edgcumbe rising from the water's edge, denote the Cornish bank. This part of Cornwall, sometimes referred to as its forgotten corner, is a peninsula formed by the Lynher, Tamar and Plymouth Sound. Its history is inevitably entangled with that of the urban neighbour across the water but it has a uniqueness and character which, with its natural beauty, makes the Rame Peninsula an enchanting place.

Although situated directly opposite the urban areas of Plymouth and Devonport access is largely by ferry, a road journey involving crossing the Tamar from Devonport to Torpoint, then a lengthy detour through Antony. The main settlements are at Millbrook, a large village with some industry, and the twin fishing villages of Kingsand and Cawsand. The fine sands of Whitsand Bay, on the English Channel coast have long been a place of relaxation and enjoyment for Plymothians and the public transport services to and from the district reflected both the needs of local inhabitants and of the multitude of summer visitors.

Starting in the days when most people walked, the development of road passenger services is traced together with that of the ferries with which the road services connected. At a time when an integrated transport network is often talked about, we read of such a system in years past.

The story is told of how local people travelled to work, to the shops and to the entertainments in Plymouth and Devonport, just across the water. We hear about the people owned, drove and rode in the early vehicles. This includes the memories of some of the countless Plymothians who crowded the Cremyll or Torpoint Ferries on route to Cawsand and Kingsand, Mount Edgcumbe Park or to the fine sands of Whitsand Bay. this is a record of changing times - of the daily life of ordinary people as they travelled to and from the Rame peninsula.

The booklet  tells the story of public transport on, to and from the Rame Peninsula - the people who owned, rode in and drove the motor vehicles that served both the inhabitants of the Rame villages and the vast number of Plymothians who flocked to the beaches on Whitsand Bay or visited the charming fishing villages of Kingsand and Cawsand.

The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The card covers are clean and bright, the staple binding is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.
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