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Memories of George Taylor's Coaches in Chester

Take a coach trip down memory lane

From April 5-July 8, Chester History and Heritage Centre will be running the exhibition Day Tripper: The Story of George Taylor.

A well-known name in Chester, coach operator George Taylor aimed to make the city the hub of a nationwide service from his base on the market square and there will be many local people who have fond memories of his excursions to Barmouth, Llangollen and Blackpool.

This collection of photographs and information about his thriving businesses including a car dealership and driving school has been donated to the centre by his great-nephew Michael Priestley.

The George Taylor company was formed in Chester in 1918 by the man of the same name and back then was known as Taylor’s. George’s brother Alfred was initially involved with the horses but later became a motor coach driver.

It was not until 1941 that Taylor’s became George Taylor (Chester) Ltd, owned by George, his brothers Cecil and Alfred and his son George Lawrence.

In the late 1940s, his son-in-law George Bradshaw became general manager of the company.

During the Second World War the coach trips were curtailed but business carried on with the emphasis on car sales and repairs, and in the late 1950s they held the dealership for the bubble car.

George Taylor continued to operate in Chester until the late 1960s or early 1970s when the business was acquired by Lofty’s Tours of Bridge Trafford.

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