Edwin Potter’s Bus at Devizes

Edwin Potter ran a horse bus service from Market Lavington to Devizes. Lavington’s railway station was not open until 1900, so Mr Potter’s bus enabled Market Lavington travellers to catch a train at the station in Devizes. We have seen this photo before on these pages, but we have just been given a better copy. It shows Potter’s bus at Devizes – still making the trip in 1905

Potter’s Bus at Devizes Station in 1905

We can, of course, zoom in on the bus.

The bus ran the Market Lavington to Devizes service before the advent of the motor bus.

Let’s zoom in some more.

By 1905 the bus was looking rather careworn.

We can now see that by 1905, the coachwork was beginning to look tired. With Lavington Station opened, it was probably hard for the Potters to make a living, although Devizes still remained the main local town.

Wheel and brake shoe

Zooming in on the wheel, we see what looks to be a brake shoe, which could grip onto the iron tyre of the wheel. It isn’t clear if this could be operated by the driver as the vehicle was moving, or whether a crew member had to get off and apply the brake at the top of hills.

An added interest to this photo is that it has been mounted on a period postcard.

The photo of Mr Potter’s bus is mounted on a period, romantic style postcard

There’s no specific Market Lavington connection here – except that the owners of the original are long term Lavington residents.

But let’s return to the bus and take a good look at the crew. Maybe someone out there can give us a positive identification.

Can you identify the bus crew?


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6 Responses to “Edwin Potter’s Bus at Devizes”

  1. cats3dotcom Says:

    Do you know if Edwin Potter was related to Hannah Potter (born abt, 1861) of Market Lavington in anyway??

  2. Tim Says:

    Great photo
    Handbrake is operated by driver using the lever below his right hand

    • marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

      Thanks Tim. I love the picture too. We already had a copy at the museum but modern technology allows a really good copy to be made so easily. I couldn’t get the detail out of our old copy.



  3. John Burgess Says:

    I hope that i am right but if you look close on the third photo you can see the brake operating system, By the drivers right foot there is a pedal connected to the brake shoe by a rod which worked the brake. Most of thes pedals locked into a teeth along the bracket, holding the brake on until released by the driver very much like the old Wells Fargo coaches


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