Winchester 100

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The first bus to Stanmore sandwiched between two open charabancs on the approach to the old Chesil Station in 1922. CHISNELL FAMILY COLLECTION

A significant anniversary this year has been the centenary of bus services in Winchester, Hampshire. A hundred years ago, the local council approached a Mr Robert Chisnell of King Alfred Motor Services to see if he would run a bus service to Stanmore housing estate. The first bus used on the route was a Leyland ‘RAF’ with body built by Jas Bartle, HO 2324.

In 2022 the Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB) celebrated the centenary with a reception at Chesil House, part of which stands on the site of Robert Chisnell’s original depot on the corner of Bridge Street and Chesil Street. The principal guests included two of Robert Chisnell’s grandchildren, Richard Chisnell, with his wife Maureen, and Jenny Brockett (née Chisnell) as well as six former members of King Alfred staff, namely John Bond, Mary Curry, John Glasgow, Nigel Sandy, Alex Wilson and Margaret Wilson.

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