J BENCE – LONGWELL GREEN Coachworks Ltd Bristol England UK 1890-1944-1966

J.BENCE & Sons 1890-1944

LONGWELL GREEN Coachworks Ltd 1944-1966

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W.J. Bence started a carrier/bus service in this area c.1890. Later in 1918 he started building bus bodies on military chassis that had been used during the recent World War. Bus body building continued until 1944 when a new name was sought and Longwell Green Coachworks Limited came into being. They built many buses and lorries until 1966 when the last 2 buses were completed. The firm then concentrated solely on lorries and vans until 1983 when it ceased to trade. On the bus building side some of their customers included the corporations of Cardiff, Newport, Aberdare, Gelligaer, Merthyr Tydfil and larger companies Rhondda Transport and South Wales Transport (to name but a few). Some of the clients for lorries, vans and crew buses were British Road Services, British Rail and the GPO (later Telecomms). A more detailed story is covered by Ian S. Bishop in his book ‘Longwell Green Our Village’ available from The Bristol and Avon Family History Society.

1906 W.J Bence, Longwell Green BS30


1913 view of Downend village an early Bences motor bus from Longwell Green


1918 Bence Motor Services, Bitton Ford


1918 One of Bence's early Longwell Green built buses BS30


1919 Bence Coach Works Daimler Bus c1919


1919 Bence Motor Services, Bitton c1919


1920s Bence's Buses, Longwell Green, South Gloucestershire 1920s Bence's Garage, Hanham, BS15


1920s view of early Ford Buses, Bence & Sons garage


1922 Bence's Motor Services, Ford 'T' model 14-seat bus


1924 Bence Coach Works, Longwell Green


1924 J Bence and Sons 1924 Langridge of AEC Kingswood Bristol charabanc works outing 1924 1925 Longwell Green, AEC South Gloucestershire


1925 Longwell Green, South Gloucestershire


1927 Bence Motor Services, Hanham


1930 Bence Motor Services, Albion Bus


1930 Bence Motor Services, Hanham


1936 OC4 Jones & Bence of Bristol


1938 Two Bristol Trucks under construction at Longwell Green Coach Works BS30.


1946 Bristol Bus No.2013 HY 8256


1947 AEC Longwell Green Bence's


1950 AEC Regal III with Duple B35F body rebuilt by Longwell Green in 1959 for one man operation


1950 Bence Coach Works, Longwell Green c1950s


1950 Leyland Double Decker Bus at Longwell Green Coach Works BS30.


1950 Leyland PDI C4031 KHY 400


1950 Leyland PDI KHY 400

1950-after an accident rebuild of this leyland-pdi-khy-400 by longwell green

1953 AEC Regall IIIs with Longwell Green B35F body


1953 Leyland Royal Tiger with a Longwell Green C41C body


1954 Leyland Bodywork by Longwell Green of Bristol Ebay681


1955 AEC Reliance with Longwell Green B44F body


1955 Leyland Bus, Longwell Green Coach a Works


1955 Leyland Bus, Longwell Green Coach Works


1955 Leyland with longwell Green body a


1955 Leyland with longwell Green body


1956 AEC Regent V MD3RV with unusual Longwell Green bodywork which started off as L27-28R + later L31-28r


1957 Daimler CVG6 with Longwell Green H33-28R body


1958 Guy Arab LUFs with Longwell Green B44F bodies, XNY419


1958 Guy LUF with Longwell Green B44F body


1958 Leyland PD2-40 with Longwell Green H30-28R body a


1958 Leyland PD2-40 with Longwell Green H30-28R body


1958 Longwell Green H35-29R bodied Guy Arab IV


1959 Leyland PD2-40 with a Longwell Green H30-28R body


1959 Leyland PD2-40 with Longwell Green L27-28RD body XWO473


1959 Leyland PD2-40 with Longwell Green L27-28RD body


1959 Longwell Green DD

1959-longwell-green-guy dd

1960 Leyland PD2-Longwell Green


1960 Leyland Titan PD2-30s that carried unusually for Stockport Longwell Green bodywork


1960 Longwell Green H32-28R bodied Leyland PD2-30


1960 Longwell Green L27-28RD bodied Leyland PD2-40


1963 AEC Reliance 2MU3RV with longwell green bodyword


1963 AEC Reliance with Longwell Green B45F body


1966 AEC Regent V with Longwell Green H34-26F body


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Author: Jeroen

In Dutch, my homelanguage: Ik ben Jeroen, tot januari 2015 was ik al dik 26 jaar werkzaam in een psychiatrisch ziekenhuis in een stad vlakbij Werelds grootste havenstad Rotterdam. Eerst als verpleegkundige/begeleider op high care, later op afdeling dubbeldiagnose (verslavingen) en ook nog een tijdje als administratief medewerker. Ik heb een spierziekte "Poli Myositis" (alle spieren zijn ontstoken) daardoor weinig energie. Sinds augustus 2015 is daarbij de diagnose Kanker gesteld, en ben ik helemaal arbeidsongeschikt geworden en zit middenin de behandelfase. Gelukkig ben ik daarnaast getrouwd, vader, en opa, en heb de nodige hobby's. Een daarvan is transportmiddelen verzamelen en daarmee een blog schrijven. Dit blog begon met bussen, maar nu komen ook sleepboten, auto's trucks en dergelijke aan bod. Kijk en geniet met me mee, reageer, en vul gerust aan. Fouten zal ik ook graag verbeteren. In English: I'm Jeroen, till januari 2015 I was already 26 years working as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, near Rotterdam, Worlds biggest harbour with more than 98 nationalities living within it's borders. First I worked on closed high care ward and the last years on a ward with mainly addicted people. I liked my work very much. In 2007 I got ill. I got the diagnose Poli Myositis, a musscle dissease. Al my mussles are inflamed. And last august I got another diagnose. Cancer. It's plaveicelcel carcinoma and treated with Chemo and radioation. So I've even less energy than the last years. Still I try to make something of my life and the blog is helping with surviving with some pleasure.

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