Grenville Motors - A Celebration of a Cornish Business, by Roger Grimley

Grenville Motors - A Celebration of a Cornish Business, by Roger Grimley
Published privately by the author, 52 pages. A4 size staple bound booklet (N5512)

This privately published A4 size booklet tells the story of those who owned, operated, drove and rode on the buses and coaches of Grenville Motors of Camborne and the many family businesses they acquired during their history.

From the introduction: West Cornwall is a land of stone and of contrasts. To the south-west of the industrial centres of Camborne and Redruth towards Penzance, the remains of the once important tin mining industry are scattered round the countryside, a reminder that mining and farming went hand-in-hand. With the decline in mining agriculture, market gardening and flower growing came to the fore.

At the narrowest point it is only six miles from the north to the south coast, both being visible from the high ground between. Along the curving shores of Mount's Bay there are fine views across to the Lizard and the Land's End peninsula and in springtime the hedges are full of the colours of wild flowers and the fields of daffodils are a blaze of colour.

The main railway line from London Paddington passes through Redruth and Camborne before reaching the terminus at Penzance and, until the 1960's, passengers to and from Helston changed trains at Gwinear Road. In the years after the Second World War a number of small motor 'bus proprietors in the district sold to a group of local businessmen who formed Grenville Motors Ltd. Their 'buses, seemingly in constantly changing colours, were a familiar sight for forty years from the incorporation of the company in 1948 until the sale to Western National in 1988.

People travelled on Grenville Motors' 'buses to work, school, college, shopping, on business and to the hospital; they visited friends and relatives and went on outings and excursions to the seaside in summer or on extended holiday tours to other parts of Britain and to the continent. We celebrate a Cornish business that was part of everyday life in West Cornwall in the second half of the twentieth century.

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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