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GRENVILLE MOTORS

Once the largest independent operator in Cornwall



Please note - this is a site of historical record and does not contain current service information



Although the Grenville Motors company only dates from 1948 its antecedents have a much longer history (eg Berryman dating back to the horse drawn days of the 19th century). So four local businessmen came together to form the Grenville company and their initial purchases were these three long standing operators: Fred Berriman whose principal route ran from Troon to Camborne; Berryman's Motor Service running from Leedstown to Penzance; and Godolphin Motors (R C Williams) running from Camborne to Penzance. Don't confuse Berryman and Berriman. This gave a significant presence on the roads of Cornwall, with a fleet of sixteen buses, which was further enhanced the following year by the purchase of the 'Peoples Service' of Carleen (Jimmy Jewell) with several market routes. In 1951 the ex-Jewell market service to Helston on Mondays from Praze was discontinued, and in May 1951 the trunk route from Camborne to Falmouth was acquired from Pendennis Motors (Fred Howard).  By the autumn of 1952 there was a network of a dozen routes, working primarily from bases at Troon and Leedstown, including a newly introduced circular route to the housing developments at Pengegon to the south-east of Camborne.


Grenville Motors routes: autumn 1952


Leedstown - Marazion - Penzance
Daily including Sundays
ex-Berryman


Camborne - St Erth - Penzance
Daily except Sundays
ex-Williams


Camborne - Troon
Daily including Sundays ex-Berriman


Black Rock - Camborne
Wednesdays and Saturdays
ex-Berriman


Great Work Mine - Nancegollan - Camborne
Wednesdays and Saturdays ex-Jewell


Nancegollan - Godolphin - Penzance
Thursdays
ex-Jewell


Carleen - Nine Maidens - Redruth
Fridays
ex-Jewell


Nancegollan - Praa Sands
summer Tuesdays
ex-Jewell


Troon - Peace - Redruth
Fridays
ex-Berriman


Troon - Bolenowe
Tuesdays and Fridays
Grenville


Camborne - Troon - Penryn - Falmouth
Daily including Sundays ex-Howard


Camborne- Pengegon (Circular)
Daily except Sundays Grenville



Further expansion came in 1965 with the acquisition of Silver Queen Buses (Tom and Leonard Mundy) of Camborne with a daily service from Redruth to the beaches of the north coast at Portreath, as well as a Friday service from Porthtowan to Redruth (withdrawn in 1967) and a three days a week route from Portreath to Camborne running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Seven vehicles were included in the sale, bringing the Grenville fleet up to twenty, of which two were double-deck.

The route from Camborne to Falmouth passed through Penryn. A busy local route of long standing was operated between Falmouth and Penryn by a rota of four operators and in 1967 Grenville Motors bought the rota share and business of Pelere Motor Services (George) of Penryn. The other three operators followed: Oxford of Falmouth in 1967, Riviera Motors of Falmouth in 1970 and finally in May 1973 the Penryn & Falmouth Motor Company of Penryn. Grenville now had complete control of the service.
Grenville Bell Punch tickets
two Grenville double deckers at Camborne
The picture shows two Grenville Motors double deckers waiting in Camborne at the Basset Arms terminus. Both buses are Leyland PD1s, ex-Plymouth, with Weymann 53-seater bodies. They were purchased in 1960 when 12 to 13 years old and CJY312 on the left (showing 'Camborne') was in service until 1964, with DDR424 on the right (showing 'Leedstown via Goldsithney') remaining until 1965. They were amongst a dozen or so deckers that came from municipally operated Plymouth City Transport to Grenville at different times over the years.   (a picture from the Roger Grimley collection)

1968 saw the takeover of Jim Pollard of Fraddam together with a route from St Erth Praze to Camborne on four days a week. But five years later the route passed to John Pollard of Trelawney Tours of Hayle, returning thus to the original family. The Camborne - Portreath route was withdrawn in 1970. With two exceptions all Sunday services were withdrawn by 1972, summer Sunday services continuing to run on Redruth - Portreath until 1980 and Falmouth - Penryn.  Operation by Grenville of the Redruth to Portreath route ceased altogether in 1982.

With deregulation of bus services introduced by the Transport Act of 1985, the following services were those in operation by Grenville Motors in the autumn of 1986. But these were changing and challenging times and Grenville became a wholly owned subsidiary of competitor Western National in March 1988. The fleet comprised thirty three vehicles at the time. Full consolidation came in April 1989 with the services being integrated into - and operated under the name of - Western National, with the Grenville name disappearing from the sides of buses after forty-one years.


Grenville Motors routes: autumn 1986

Camborne - Leedstown - Marazion - Penzance
Daily except Sundays
4 - 5 journeys


Camborne - Mount Pleasant - Troon
Daily except Sundays hourly


Camborne - Pengegon - Troon
Daily except Sundays hourly


Camborne - Troon - Penryn - Falmouth Daily except Sundays 3 journeys


Penryn - Falmouth
Daily except Sundays every 20 minutes


Falmouth - Penryn - Mabe Burnthouse
Daily except Sundays 11 journeys


Camborne - Helston
Schooldays
2 journeys


Penzance - Newlyn - Mousehole
Daily except Sundays every 30 minutes


Redruth - Nine Maidens - Helston
Daily except Sundays 3 journeys


Redruth - Carnkie - Camborne Daily except Sundays 4 - 5 journeys




Grenville Bedford YRQ / Willowbrook 52-seater GAL22J (ex-Barton, Chilwell) seen in Penzance in 1981
photo with thanks by johnmightycat
Penzance 1981 Grenville GAL22J Bedford YRQ



LCO852, a Leyland PD2 with Metro Cammell 56 seater body, new to Plymouth City Transport in 1956.
With Grenville from 1971 to 1978. Seen at Carnmellenis on the Camborne to Falmouth route.
(photo with thanks from the Roger Grimley collection)
Grenville Leyland PD2 LCO852

for more information on this operator see 'Grenville Motors - a celebration of the well known Cornish operator'

  written and published in 2008 by my friend and colleague Roger Grimley.





THE

INDEPENDENT

BUS

CHAMBERS
OF BURES
SOA
SHROPSHIRE

READING
MAINLINE

BIRCH
BROS

SAFEGUARD
GUILDFORD

IMPERIAL
WINDSOR

LONDON:
98B and 235
GOLDEN
MILLER

REDBRIDGE
& DISTRICT

GASH
NEWARK

PROVINCIAL
KING
ALFRED