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Vanguard accident - Bus taken to Red Lion
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Vanguard accident - Bus taken to Red Lion

The Vanguard bus was taken to the Red Lion yard and stored there under a tarpaulin sheet during the inquest. Debris of all sorts was placed therein.
It lost both front wheels in the crash, and it seems possible that they were refitted at the crash site to ease the task of hauling the bus back up the hill.
The postcard was sent on 25th July 1906 from Crawley to Miss Hankin in Newhaven and the message reads, “I have sent you a card of the accident. The one with the bike is the flunkey here. Thanks so much for parcel. Maud.”
I take the comment to mean that the boy on the right is the odd job boy at the Red Lion.
It is interesting to see a photograph of this side of the Red Lion as it shows the “Ostler’s Bell”, actually a wire going through the wall to a bell inside the building next to the ostler’s cottage; the part of the hotel on the roadside nearest the High Street. As can be seen in picture #857, it used to be, effectively, a small cottage with accommodation on the second floor. Nowadays the ground floor bar area extends all the way to the roof, with no first floor accommodation.

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Vanguard omnibus accident 1906
Jim Biggs of Hoadlands Cottages has supplied more information on this photograph.
Three young lads have managed to appear in the picture and the middle boy is Jim’s uncle, William Biggs (born 31st July 1894, died 1975 aged 80). He features in several other photographs on the website, mainly as a demon bowler of the Hyde cricket team. To view them do a search for his name.
Having enlarged the photograph, I notice that the gentleman on the left is wearing a worn and grubby apron, not at all suitable for, say, a food shop. I suspect that it is a blacksmith’s leather apron, and the wearer may be William Burtenshaw who used to run the smithy at the rear of Mr Archie Quick’s garage, as it later became to be known. No doubt he would be a frequent visitor to the Red Lion to attend to the stagecoach horses.
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