Nottingham Picture Gallery
Service introduced on 10 April 1927 - Ceased on 30 June 1966

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Picture 18
Market Place, Bulwell
Picture 20
This is Bulwell Market Place. 525 has just moved off from the terminal stop outside the Horse and Jockey pub which can be seen in Pictures 18 and 22. Because the destination is still shown as Bulwell Market, Paul Atchinson presumes the bus is no longer on service and will be making its way along Highbury Road to Bulwell Depot.
Picture 21
This is a view in a similar direction to number 20. 538 would have travelled from the terminus at Bulwell Hall Estate along Main Street Bulwell and is about to turn left into Highbury Road on its journey to the city centre and Colwick Hall.
Picture 23
Looking north on Highbury Road, Bulwell. The church in the background is St. Mary the Virgin and All Souls Bulwell.
Picture 3
Bulwell Hall Estate terminus
Picture 22
Main Street, Market Place, Bulwell
Picture 27
Bulwell Hall Estate terminus
Picture 32
This is the junction of Valley Road [now part of the ring road] and Radford Road near to the Shoulder of Mutton pub [now the site of a MacDonald's]. The bus has travelled straight over the roundabout from Vernon Road and is heading into the city on its journey to Trent Bridge. Paul Atchinson used to catch the 43 or 44 from here to travel towards Bulwell to go to the Henry Mellish Grammar School. Paul Atchinson started there in 1964 and enjoyed 18 months or so of riding the trolleybuses before they were replaced by Northern Counties bodied Leyland Atlanteans.
Picture 33
This is the same junction viewed from a position more to the right. Again the bus will have come along Vernon Road and will head up Radford Road. The road going over the bridge in the background is, Paul Atchinson thinks, Church Street which is now one way going away from the viewer. The garage no longer exists. The junction is now controlled by traffic lights.
From: "Tony Blackman" <>
Paul Atchison is quite right - it is Church Street, which as used by the 41 to Cinderhill. [NB. I was in the same year as Paul at Henry Mellish - but its now 35 years since I left Nottingham - though I still do visit occasionally].
Picture 42
Long Row, Market Square, Nottingham. Nottingham's famous department store, Griffin and Spalding [now Debenham's] in the background.

Picture 43
South Parade. Route 40 was the only route to use the south side of Slab Square.
Picture 29
Inside Bulwell Depot in the road with the wonderful name of "Piccadilly". Its the south end of the depot - the entry was one way from the north end - and both entrance and exit were via the side wall of the depot [as against the end as at Parliament Street and Sherwood Depots etc]. The old tram tracks give this away - and show the tightness of turn required. You can also just see the front of either a Daimler Fleetline or Leyland Atlantean on the right - which replaced the trolleys on routes 43 and 44.

The depot was demolished in 2005.
Picture 50
At the junction of Lister Gate, Broad Marsh and Carrington Street.

Picture 51
Lister Gate looking north.
St. Peter's Church and the Council House can be seen in the background.
Picture 52
Carrington Street. Looking in the opposite direction to Pictures 50 and 51 - however the junction of Lister Gate was with Carrington Street to the left [looking towards the Midland Station] and Greyfriar Gate to the right. Broad Marsh was a little road off the roundabout to the left, leading to the bus station for Clifton and out-of-town services [e.g. South Notts buses].

With many thanks to "Andy Nicholson" <>,
"Tony Blackman" <>,
"Paul Atchinson" <> and
"Ed" <> for caption information

From: "Richard Lomas" <>

The new tram line does not use the same streets as the trolleybuses very often. The terminus at Station Street is on a former railway viaduct and the line then runs onto Fletcher Gate before turning left into Victoria Street and South Parade. Trolleybuses operated in one direction only along Victoria Street and South Parade. The tram turns right into Old Market Square where the trolleybuses to Trent Bridge used to load before going up Market Street which was wired for trolleybuses but not used for regular service.

The tram crosses Upper Parliament Street at right angles and then for outward journeys does not use any former trolleybus streets other than crossing Radford Road. Inward journeys run along Radford Road which was used by both trolleybuses and first generation trams.

Looking at your pictures 3 and 27 are taken at Bulwell Hall Estate terminus. The trams run on the railway line in the background which can be identified by the telephone poles. In picture 43 the trolleybus is turning left from South Parade where the trams now turn right.

From: "A Staton" <>

I was fascinated to see your fantastic pictures of Nottingham's trolleybuses. As a child growing up in Nottingham in the 60s, I absolutely loved them and would badger my mother to death to let us wait for the 36 to go down into town from the top of Mansfield Road rather than get the motor bus.

I have a video of Nottingham trolleybuses [I don't know if it's the only one that exists; but it's the only one I've got] and I was hoping from your pictures to identify a scene in this video that, for the life of me, I cannot identify. But it was to no avail: the pictures didn't help. It's of a bus turning at a roundabout and [apparently] going back the way it came. There's a brief glimpse of a directional road sign that reads, I think "A453" . The bus has a 40-something destination route number. This scene has been driving me mad for years!

From: "Tony Blackman" <>

It's good to see the photos - I have a few [not many] taken in the last few months in April-July 1966 - some of which were used in my article that appeared recently in the July-August 2006 issue of "Vintage Roadscene".

From: "David Bingham" <>

I am recently retired and have started putting my life down on paper for later generations. I was brought up by my grandparents at Epperstone and from age 7 went to my aunts in Radford for weekends, Friday to Monday. This was from 1950 to 1960.

By 8 years I would travel by Barton's bus to Huntingdon Street and then catch a 69 trolleybus outside the Palais which took me to Radford, opposite the cinema. I am afraid memory must play tricks because on the lists of trolleybus routes I cannot find one with this number nor one covering this route. Could you possibly help with information? And or a photograph of the trolleybus on the route.

I found your web site on Google, 'Top billing' and deservedly so.

From: "Roger Gaspar" <]>

Picture 52 brings back memories. The motor bus behind is a West Bridgford Urban District Council bus on route 21. I use to get on the 21 at Stamford Road, West Bridgford and change to the 43 trolleybus at Trent Bridge to travel on to the Henry Mellish Grammar School in Bulwell. Great to see these images. I must have travelled on that motor bus as WB only had two of that model as I recall. I can remember when they were taken into service although I couldn’t name the year. I was travelling to the Henry Mellish from September, 1958 until July, 1964. In September of 1964, I left Nottingham (with some regrets) for London.