Operating from Quadring Fen to Spalding

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Based in the village of Gosberton between Spalding and Donington in the Lincolnshire district of South Holland, their bus service shown below in the undated but pre-decimalisation timetable (and thus before 1971) has a generous level of service seven days a week on their route through the lanes and fenland roads from Quadring Fen, Gosberton Clough and West Pinchbeck to the market town of Spalding, famed until recently for its annual springtime flower parade.

Elseys had first come into the bus business in 1958 with the purchase of the one vehicle firm and routes of H Paling of Gosberton Risegate. But the origins of the Elseys transport business were from 1949 when a previous partnership with Leverton was dissolved with the former concentrating on bus work and the latter on coaching. Another operator (Nightingale of Pode Hole, Spalding, trading as Reliance) also ran alongside Elseys on the Quadring Fen route. Reliance was acquired in 1960 along with two of their vehicles. Elseys original livery was emerald green and green but from 1961 was changed to red and ivory. Further development included the takeover of the business of Campling (Holme Delight) of Donington in 1977, the Campling bus route from Boston to Spalding having passed earlier in 1970 to Kimes of Folkingham. The Elsey fleet numbered twenty eight vehicles in 1976, the year that Aubrey Elsey died.

Another timetable leaflet from the business of Aubrey and Winifred ("Win") Elsey of Gosberton, dating from 1980, shows timetables for the Spalding - Bourne, Spalding - Quadring Fen, Wigtoft - Spalding routes, as well as a Spalding town service. In the same year, following express service deregulation, Elseys started a daily coach service between Gosberton, Swineshead, Boston, Spalding and London.  It had previously been operated as an excursion to London from Spalding, and is known to have been running as such regularly on Thursdays and Saturdays by 1977.  The London express route continued until withdrawal at the end of summer 2007, although the Elsey business had been owned by TransLinc, a major operator in the county, since 2001. TransLinc was subsequently acquired by May Gurney, now part of the Kier group.

In 1989 Elsey's were are also running route 59 from Spalding via Gosberton and Kirton to Boston, coupled with two Boston town services (see below).  Part of the London express journeys are incorporated into the bus service timetable. The 59 was originally a Lincolnshire Road Car route and is now operated by Brylaine Travel as service 113 Spilsby - Boston - Spalding (although for a while it was operated as Brylaine's 5 from Lincoln to Boston and on to Spalding).  Kimes also cover the part of the route between Boston and Kirton.

pre decimalisation timetable


pre decimalisation timetable

pre decimalisation timetable

pre decimalisation timetable

Elseys routes in operation in 1977
Spalding - West Pinchbeck - Twenty - Bourne
see also Delaine Buses
Sutterton - Surfleet - Spalding
Tuesday and Friday

Spalding - West Pinchbeck - Gosberton - Quadring Fen

Spalding town services (east and west)

An Elsey's Ford Plaxton PJL390J working on the Spalding town service in 1980
A 45-seater and new to Elsey in 1971
(photo with thanks from the johnmightycat1 collection)

Elsey Ford PJL390J 1980 Spalding

1989 timetable

1989 timetable

with many thanks to John Brogden for the loan of the timetable,

and incorporating information from articles and publications

by Roy Marshall and David Kaye found in the libraries of Lincolnshire