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Lewis Timson & Son

Harold Timson A Timson's bus in a bit of trouble in Polwell Lane - 1930s
Harold Timson
A Timson's bus in a bit of trouble in Polwell
Lane in the early 1930s

Many older Burton residents will remember Timson's buses parked outside the Timson family home, a bungalow set back from the road at the top of Finedon Street (see below). The business was started by Lewis Timson in the early 1920s and it was carried on by his son Harold. By the time he disposed of it to the United Counties Bus Company in 1936 he had a fleet of five buses. Below is a charming extract from a school magazine by a nine-year old Church School pupil, Norman Linnell, in 1931:

MY LIFE – BY MR. TIMSON’S BUS

An article taken from “The Outlook”, the magazine of Burton Latimer Church of England School - Spring 1931

        I am Mr. Timson’s blue bus with white at the top. I am very warm and I have a mirror inside me. The man who drives me is very kind for he does not make me go too fast down the hills. As I pass on my way to Kettering I see trees on the side of the road. I reach a railway bridge, then go down the hill and come to Barton Seagrave. Passing through Barton Seagrave I see a number of houses, then I see Wicksteed Park. There are many people about the Park, and some people get off here so I have a smaller load to take on to Kettering. In Kettering there are many shops and a lot of people. After going through several streets I come back to Burton again.

        One day I had to take some people to Skegness, and on my way I saw a farm where there are many pigs, horses and sheep. Some men were making hay. I passed through many towns with lots of people in them. On my way home I saw some people having a picnic. When I reached home I was cleaned and looked quite nice again. During the winter I have to take spectators to the football matches at Northampton.

Norman Linnell - Junior II

A Timson's bus parked outside the family home at the top of Finedon Street
A Timson's bus, parked at the top of Finedon Street in the
days when there were just fields and allotments beyond the end gate


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