Roy James BEVAN 1910 - 1983 Soudley ( Coach Proprietor) (General)

by slowhands @, proud of his ancient Dean Forest roots, Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 11:54 (1011 days ago)

Soudley Valley Coaches
http://www.forest-of-dean.net/downloads/index.php?path=Newspaper/&sort=name&ord...



Soudley Valley Coaches. Colin Martin.
Independent Buses and Coaches of Bristol and Gloucestershire. Colin Martin and Geoff Bruce.
Colin Martin, 4 Willcox Drive, Woodmancote, Cheltenham, GL52 9PW

"Soudley Valley volume is an excellent record of one of the Forest of Dean's independent bus operators.
The business started in earnest in 1928 by brothers Fred and Roy Bevan with the acquisition of a 14-seater
Chevrolet used on a daily service between Blakeney, Soudley and Cinderford. The fleet soon grew and at its
peak twenty-five coaches were being operated. The business survived until 1998..."

"The second volume is an overview of bus and coach operation throughout the county of Gloucestershire
from the horse bus up to the 1950s, hence the sub-title of 'From Horses to Half-Cabs'. The volume is mostly
photographic with extended captions giving details of both the vehicle illustrated and the operator."


Year: 1903
Month: Jun
Day: 13
Grooms_Surname: BEVAN
Grooms_Forenames: Arthur John
Grooms_Age: 22
Groom_Condition: Bachelor
Grooms_Occupation: Collier
Grooms_Residence: Ruspidge Cinderford
Grooms_Fathers_Surname: Bevan
Grooms_Fathers_Forenames: John
Grooms_Fathers_Occupation: Collier
Brides_Surname: WOOS
Brides_Forenames: Maud Mary
Brides_Age: 29
Brides_Condition: Spinster
Brides_Occupation: [not stated]
Brides_Residence: Ruspidge Cinderford
Brides_Fathers_Surname: Wood
Brides_Fathers_Forenames: Oliver
Brides_Fathers_Occupation: Blacksmith
Licence_or_Banns: Banns
Date_of_Banns:
Signature_or_Mark: Both Sign
Witness_1: Oliver Wood
Witness_2: Monica Woos
Other_Witnesses:
Officiating_Minister: Edward Rochford Curate
Event: Marriage
Memoranda:
Notes:
Register_Reference: P85/1 IN 1/6
Page_Number: 71
Parish_Chapel: Cinderford St John


Year: 1910
Month: Oct
Day: 23
Parents_Surname: BEVAN
Child_Forenames: Roy James
Fathers_Forenames: Arthur John
Mothers_Forenames: Maud Mary
Mothers_Surname:
Residence: Soudley
Occupation: collier
Officiating_Minister: G Watson curate
Event: Baptism
Memoranda:
Notes:
Register_Reference: P85/1 IN 1/3
Page_Number: 10
Parish_Chapel: Cinderford St John

1911
BEVAN ARTHUR JOHN M 1881 30 Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire
BEVAN MAUD MARY F 1875 36 Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire
BEVAN FRED M 1907 4 Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire
BEVAN ROY M 1910 7 MONTHS Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire

Year: 1937
Month: Sep
Day: 11
Grooms_Surname: BEVAN
Grooms_Forenames: Roy James
Grooms_Age: 27
Groom_Condition: Batchelor
Grooms_Occupation: Bus Proprietor
Grooms_Residence: Sawley Littledean
Grooms_Fathers_Surname: Bevan
Grooms_Fathers_Forenames: Arthur John
Grooms_Fathers_Occupation: Collier
Brides_Surname: DAVIES
Brides_Forenames: Sybil Elizabeth
Brides_Age: 24
Brides_Condition: Spinster
Brides_Occupation:
Brides_Residence: Brooklyn Millend Blakeney
Brides_Fathers_Surname: Davis
Brides_Fathers_Forenames: Ewan
Brides_Fathers_Occupation: Dock Worker
Licence_or_Banns: Banns
Date_of_Banns:
Signature_or_Mark: Both sign
Witness_1: W M Smallwood
Witness_2: Janette M Davies
Other_Witnesses:
Officiating_Minister: Leonard W Cook Vicar
Event: Marriage
Memoranda:
Notes:
Register_Reference: P50 IN 1/6
Page_Number: 9
Parish_Chapel: Blakeney


Name: Roy James Bevan
Birth Date: 1 Sep 1910
Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1983
Age at Death: 73
Registration district: Forest of Dean
Inferred County: Gloucestershire
Volume: 22
Page: 1625

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Ἀριστοτέλης A Gloster Boy in the Forest of Dean ><((((*>

Arthur John BEVAN 1881 - 1966 Soudley / Ruspidge

by slowhands @, proud of his ancient Dean Forest roots, Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 12:00 (1011 days ago) @ slowhands

Year: 1903
Month: Jun
Day: 13
Grooms_Surname: BEVAN
Grooms_Forenames: Arthur John
Grooms_Age: 22
Groom_Condition: Bachelor
Grooms_Occupation: Collier
Grooms_Residence: Ruspidge Cinderford
Grooms_Fathers_Surname: Bevan
Grooms_Fathers_Forenames: John
Grooms_Fathers_Occupation: Collier
Brides_Surname: WOOS
Brides_Forenames: Maud Mary
Brides_Age: 29
Brides_Condition: Spinster
Brides_Occupation: [not stated]
Brides_Residence: Ruspidge Cinderford
Brides_Fathers_Surname: Wood
Brides_Fathers_Forenames: Oliver
Brides_Fathers_Occupation: Blacksmith
Licence_or_Banns: Banns
Date_of_Banns:
Signature_or_Mark: Both Sign
Witness_1: Oliver Wood
Witness_2: Monica Woos
Other_Witnesses:
Officiating_Minister: Edward Rochford Curate
Event: Marriage
Memoranda:
Notes:
Register_Reference: P85/1 IN 1/6
Page_Number: 71
Parish_Chapel: Cinderford St John

Name: Arthur John Bevan
Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1881
Registration district: Westbury on Severn
Inferred County: Gloucestershire
Volume: 5a
Page: 249


1881 33 Woodside Rd Cinderford
John Bevan abt 1844 Cinderford (East Dean), Gloucestershire, England Head Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Sarah Bevan abt 1847 Ruspidge, Gloucestershire, England Wife Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Albert Bevan abt 1869 Ruspidge, Gloucestershire, England Son Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Prudence V. Bevan abt 1873 Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England Daughter Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Sarah A. Bevan abt 1875 Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England Daughter Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Ernest F. Bevan abt 1877 Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England Son Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Agnes Bevan abt 1879 Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England Daughter Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Arthur J. Bevan Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England Son Flaxley, Gloucestershire

1901
Agnes Bevan abt 1879 Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England Servant Clevedon,

Name: Arthur J Bevan
Birth Date: abt 1881
Date of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec 1966
Age at Death: 85
Registration district: Forest of Dean
Inferred County: Gloucestershire
Volume: 7b
Page: 407

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Ἀριστοτέλης A Gloster Boy in the Forest of Dean ><((((*>

John BEVAN 1843 - 1911 Cinderford

by slowhands @, proud of his ancient Dean Forest roots, Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 12:09 (1011 days ago) @ slowhands

1881 33 Woodside Rd Cinderford
John Bevan abt 1844 Cinderford (East Dean), Gloucestershire, England Head Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Sarah Bevan abt 1847 Ruspidge, Gloucestershire, England Wife Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Albert Bevan abt 1869 Ruspidge, Gloucestershire, England Son Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Prudence V. Bevan abt 1873 Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England Daughter Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Sarah A. Bevan abt 1875 Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England Daughter Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Ernest F. Bevan abt 1877 Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England Son Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Agnes Bevan abt 1879 Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England Daughter Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Arthur J. Bevan Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England Son Flaxley, Gloucestershire


1841 Littledean Woodside
William Bevan abt 1801 Dean Forest, Gloucestershire
Mary Bevan abt 1816 Gloucestershire, England Dean Forest, Gloucestershire
Mary Bevan abt 1836 Gloucestershire, England Dean Forest, Gloucestershire
Elisa Bevan abt 1839 Gloucestershire, England Dean Forest, Gloucestershire
Thomas Bevan abt 1840 Gloucestershire, England Dean Forest, Gloucestershire

Year: 1843
Month: Sep
Day: 3
Parents_Surname: BEVAN
Child_Forenames: John
Fathers_Forenames: William
Mothers_Forenames: Mary
Mothers_Surname:
Residence: Little Dean Woodside
Occupation: Collier
Officiating_Minister: J. Chell
Event: Baptism
Memoranda:
Notes:
Register_Reference: P109 IN 1/2
Page_Number: 41
Parish_Chapel: Drybrook

1851
Wells Bewan abt 1813 Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England Head East Dean, Gloucestershire
Mary Bewan abt 1816 Wickwar, Gloucestershire, England Wife East Dean, Gloucestershire
Mary A Bewan abt 1837 Houleton, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire
Eliza Bewan abt 1839 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire
Thomas Bewan abt 1842 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Son East Dean, Gloucestershire
John Bewan abt 1844 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Son East Dean, Gloucestershire
Susannah Bewan abt 1846 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire
Emily Bewan abt 1848 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire
N K Bewan abt 1851 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire


1861
William Beaver abt 1815 Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England Head East Dean, Gloucestershire
Mary Beaver abt 1818 Westend, Gloucestershire, England Wife East Dean, Gloucestershire
Thomas Beaver abt 1841 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Son East Dean, Gloucestershire
John Beaver abt 1844 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Son East Dean, Gloucestershire
Susannah Beaver abt 1846 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire
Emely Beaver abt 1849 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire
Alice Beaver abt 1851 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire
Janes Beaver abt 1854 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Son East Dean, Gloucestershire
Florence Edith Beaver abt 1857 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire
Oliver Beaver abt 1859 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Son East Dean, Gloucestershire


Year: 1874
Month: Sep
Day: 14
Grooms_Surname: BEVAN
Grooms_Forenames: John
Grooms_Age: 28
Groom_Condition: Bachelor
Grooms_Occupation: Collier
Grooms_Residence: Flaxley
Grooms_Fathers_Surname: Bevan
Grooms_Fathers_Forenames: William
Grooms_Fathers_Occupation: Collier
Brides_Surname: TERRITT
Brides_Forenames: Sarah
Brides_Age: 27
Brides_Condition: Spinster
Brides_Occupation:
Brides_Residence: Flaxley
Brides_Fathers_Surname: Territt
Brides_Fathers_Forenames: George
Brides_Fathers_Occupation: Collier
Licence_or_Banns: Banns
Date_of_Banns:
Signature_or_Mark: Both mark
Witness_1: James Bevan
Witness_2: Mark of Emily Bevan
Other_Witnesses:
Officiating_Minister: Charles Stephenson
Event: Marriage
Memoranda:
Notes:
Register_Reference: P145 IN 1/11
Page_Number: 129
Parish_Chapel: Flaxley

Name: John Bevan
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1843
Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1911
Age at Death: 68
Registration district: Westbury on Severn
Inferred County: Gloucestershire
Volume: 6a
Page: 175

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Ἀριστοτέλης A Gloster Boy in the Forest of Dean ><((((*>

William BEVAN 1812 - 1878 Thornbury -> Cinderford

by slowhands @, proud of his ancient Dean Forest roots, Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 12:24 (1011 days ago) @ slowhands


1851
Wells Bewan abt 1813 Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England Head East Dean, Gloucestershire
Mary Bewan abt 1816 Wickwar, Gloucestershire, England Wife East Dean, Gloucestershire
Mary A Bewan abt 1837 Houleton, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire
Eliza Bewan abt 1839 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire
Thomas Bewan abt 1842 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Son East Dean, Gloucestershire
John Bewan abt 1844 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Son East Dean, Gloucestershire
Susannah Bewan abt 1846 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire
Emily Bewan abt 1848 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire
N K Bewan abt 1851 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire

NAME:William Bevan
BAPTISED:27 Sep 1812 at Thornbury
BORN:5 Jul 1812
FATHER:James (Jnr)
MOTHER:Ann
OCCUPATION:Dealer

WILLIAM BEVAN
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Event(s):
Birth:
Christening: 27 SEP 1812 Thornbury, Gloucester, England

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Parents:
Father: JAMES BEVAN
Mother: ANN
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Messages:
Extracted birth or christening record for the locality listed in the record.
The source records are usually arranged chronologically by the birth or christening date.
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Source Information:
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C057831 1602 0427790 Film NONE
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C057831 1661 - 1812 0427790 Film NONE
Sheet: 00


Name: William Bevan
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1812
Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1878
Age at Death: 66
Registration district: Westbury on Severn
Inferred County: Gloucestershire
Volume: 6a
Page: 134

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Ἀριστοτέλης A Gloster Boy in the Forest of Dean ><((((*>

Virginia JAMES nee BYETT nee BEVAN 1880 - ? Soudley/Ruspidge

by slowhands @, proud of his ancient Dean Forest roots, Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 12:50 (1011 days ago) @ slowhands

1881 33 Woodside Rd Cinderford
John Bevan abt 1844 Cinderford (East Dean), Gloucestershire, England Head Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Sarah Bevan abt 1847 Ruspidge, Gloucestershire, England Wife Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Albert Bevan abt 1869 Ruspidge, Gloucestershire, England Son Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Prudence V. Bevan abt 1873 Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England Daughter Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Sarah A. Bevan abt 1875 Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England Daughter Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Ernest F. Bevan abt 1877 Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England Son Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Agnes Bevan abt 1879 Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England Daughter Flaxley, Gloucestershire
Arthur J. Bevan Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England Son Flaxley, Gloucestershire


From: "D & E Byett" <debyett AT free2air.com.au>
Subject: [FoD] relatives
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 16:35:35 +0800

Hello readers,
Has anyone any knowledge of the Bevan family of the
Soudley area of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire? My grandmother Virginia
Byett was formerly a Bevan, and I believe her family ran a 'bus service in
the area.

After her marriage to my grandfather, Thomas Byett, they lived for many
years in Buckshaft Lane, Ruspidge.

My quest for information is to assist me with a family history which I am
presently working on. Any help would be much appreciated.

Dennis Byett.


Year: 1880
Month: Jun
Day: 13
Parents_Surname: BEVAN
Child_Forenames: Prudence Virginia
Fathers_Forenames: John
Mothers_Forenames: Sarah
Mothers_Surname:
Residence: Cinderford
Occupation: Collier
Officiating_Minister: W[illia]m Lynes Vicar
Event: Baptism
Memoranda: Born Mar 21 1873
Notes:
Register_Reference: P85/1 IN 1/2
Page_Number: 180
Parish_Chapel: Cinderford St John


Name: Virginia Bevan
Name: Thomas Byett
Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1893
Registration district: Westbury on Severn
Inferred County: Gloucestershire
Volume Number: 6a
Page Number: 317

1901
Thomas Byett abt 1872 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Head East Dean, Gloucestershire
Virginia Byett abt 1873 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Wife East Dean, Gloucestershire
Eliza Byett abt 1894 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire
Maud Byett abt 1895 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire
Albert Byett abt 1896 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Son East Dean, Gloucestershire
Ernest Byett abt 1899 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Son East Dean, Gloucestershire
Arthur Byett abt 1900 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Son East Dean, Gloucestershire
Kate Byett abt 1901 East Dean, Gloucestershire, England Daughter East Dean, Gloucestershire

1911
BYETT THOMAS M 1873 38 Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire
BYETT VIRGINIA F 1873 38 Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire
BYETT ALBERT M 1896 15 Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire
BYETT ANNIE F 1910 1 Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire
BYETT ARTHUR M 1900 11 Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire
BYETT BEATY F 1903 8 Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire
BYETT EDITH F 1911 3 MONTHS Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire
BYETT ERNEST M 1899 12 Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire
BYETT GEORGE M 1906 5 Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire
BYETT HARRY M 1907 4 Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire
BYETT KATE F 1901 10 Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire
BYETT MARY F 1908 3 Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire
BYETT WILLIAM M 1904 7 Westbury on Severn Gloucestershire


Name: Prudence V Byett
Spouse :Frederick James
Date of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec 1946
Registration district: Forest of Dean
Inferred County: Gloucestershire
Volume Number: 7b
Page Number: 845

JAMES Frederick
BEVAN Prudence Virginia
BYETT Prudence Virginia
Forest of Dean
Forest of Dean Register Office
1946 10 145

<><><<><>

Name: Prudence Virginia James
Birth Date: 2 Mar 1873
Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1972
Age at Death: 99
Registration district: Gloucester City
Inferred County: Gloucestershire
Volume: 7b
Page: 1010

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Ἀριστοτέλης A Gloster Boy in the Forest of Dean ><((((*>

Arthur John BEVAN/Maud Mary WOOD + WAITE

by m p griffiths @, Thursday, April 26, 2012, 11:15 (1009 days ago) @ slowhands

Maud's father Oliver WOOD is living just a few doors away from Arthur BEVAN and family on the 1911 census


Gloucester
East District
District 14

Soudley, Newnham

No. on Schedule 36 (living in 6 rooms)

WOOD

Oliver - 60 Widower, Blacksmith Collier - all born East Dean (13 children born alive, 1 dead) ***
James - son - 38 - Coal Miner Hewer
Louisa EDWARDS - daughter - age 20 - married (no children)
Edgar - son - 19 - Stationary Engine Driver Collier
Dora - daughter - 16

*** burial at Cinderford St John - 13 December 1928, Oliver WOOD, age 77 - residence: Soudley

No on Schedule 42 (living in 5 rooms)

BEVAN

Arthur John - 30 - Coal Miner Hewer, born Cinderford
Maud Mary - 36 - born Soudley
Fred - 4
Roy - 7 months


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*** FOD records - marriage at Cinderford St John 25 December 1872

Oliver WOOD - age 22 - Bachelor, Engine-Driver
residence: Sewdley
father: James WOOD (labourer)

married

Ann WAITE age 18 - Spinster
residence: Sewdley
father: John WAITE - Haulier

by banns

witnesses: John WAITE/Harriet WOOD


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1881 Census Glos Westbury on Severn

WOOD

Oliver - 30 - Engine Driver
Ann - 26 (poor woman so many children.....)
James A - 8
Maud M - 7
William O - 5
Frank J - 3
Louisa B - 11 months


1891 Census - Glos East Dean

WOOD

Oliver - 40 - Blacksmith
Ann - 36
James A - 18 - Blacksmith Striker
Maud - 17
William - 15 Blacksmith Striker
Frank J - 13 - Iron Miners Laborer
Louisa B - 10
Howard A F - 8
Monica H.F.A. - 6
Mary N.A. - 3
Mabel E - 1

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FOD records
Burial At Cinderford St John - 9 December 1899

Ann WOOD age 45, residence, Soudley, Cinderford

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1901 Census, East Dean

WOOD

Oliver - Widower - 50 - Stationery Engine Driver & Blacksmith
James Albert - 28 - Coal Miner Hewer
Maud Mary - 27
Frank John - 23 - Blacksmith
Louisa Beatrice - 20
Howard Allen Fred - 18 - Board School Pupil Teacher
Mabel Emily - 11
Edgar Wallace - 9
Kate Myra Flo - 7
Dora Lucy Blanche - 6

Oliver WOOD (letter George BURGUM - 1885-1969)

by m p griffiths @, Thursday, April 26, 2012, 12:41 (1009 days ago) @ m p griffiths

On the Burgum family pages


http://www.burgumfamily.com/pages/art4.html

Article 4 : (second paragraph...)


'Would you know of a Mr Oliver Wood that lived at Soudley. He was a great rabbit fancier.......... etc ''''

Article 6: date 23 July 1920 - Attempted Murder by Annie BURGUM of her husband Thomas - Victoria Street, Cinderford
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1901 Census Littledean
Manning Well

BURGUM

Timothy - Widr - 57 - Blacksmith, born Little Dean
William - 26 - Gentleman's Servant
George - 15 - Ostler underground (1885-1969)
Lillian - 20

Local Bus Books by Colin Martin

by Jefff @, Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 17:36 (1011 days ago) @ slowhands

Just to thank Slowhands for highlighting these superb books by Colin Martin, anyone with an interest in recent C20th Dean history should look them up in the libraries. They give a great insight into these small family firms, Bevans along with the likes of Cottrells, Willetts, Grindles & Edwards(my dad's firm), all played a key role in helping Foresters get about for work, school and play in the years between the decline of the railways and mass ownership of private cars. This was particularly important during the War years when dozens of buses day & night were ferrying ex-miners & their kin to and from the armaments factories near Gloster & Bristol, as well as doing equally important work closer to home.
An example my dad mentioned was in the early 60s Lydbrook AFC were very successfull including an FA Cup run, he said in those days (before TV and live Premiership matches), it wasn't unusual for Edwards' to carry 500+ fans to away matches !!.
I have a fondness for Bevans' & their attractive maroon livery as most of my childhood was spent cycling around that side of the Forest. But my best memory was driving back to Cinderford from college in South Wales for the Christmas break about 1981, we left early Friday afternoon as heavy snowfall was forecast. The minor Forest roads were especially difficult around Blackpool Brook for this inexperienced driver, the low light and heavy snow both falling & settled meant you couldnt make out the road from the verge so I stuck to the middle tracks !. My passenger jokingly said all we need now is a Bevans' bus to meet us around the next bend, and sure enough one did !!".
Thankfully the driver was a good carefull one and we both safely saw the funny side.
Within less than an hour of parking up in Cinderford my car was under! a snowdrift that lasted for weeks, this was the first day of the heaviest snowfall I've ever seen & I think the heaviest since the early 60s, it was so bad the local Miners Hall pub ran out of beer !!!.
I am certain that just a few years later dad attended Roy Bevan's funeral, as indeed did representatives of Bevans' et al when he passed away in 1992.

Thanks again for the memories !

Local Bus Books by Colin Martin

by Roger Griffiths @, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 11:17 (1010 days ago) @ Jefff

I'm pretty sure I saw Roy Bevan sitting outside the depot (no longer there?) in Soudley in the late 80's., enjoying the sunshine. Apparently he liked doing that. He was pointed out to me by some kind person. It's such a long time ago, my memories are a bit vague now. I don't remember any buses but there were vehicles there.

Roger

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