TQ8109 : Maidstone & District bus no. 5840 (Bristol VRT) near Havelock Road

taken 29 years ago, near to Hastings, East Sussex, Great Britain

Maidstone & District bus no. 5840 (Bristol VRT) near Havelock Road
Maidstone & District bus no. 5840 (Bristol VRT) near Havelock Road
Havelock Road can be seen behind the bus, which is a 1980 Bristol VRT (registration no. BKE840T), working on Service 4 into Hastings. One of the odd things about the fleet at this time, was that the double deck buses had their fleet numbers in huge figures on the roof above the top deck front windows. A sister bus from the same batch can be seen working in Tunbridge Wells on the same day in this view:- TQ5838 : Maidstone & District bus no. 5844 (Bristol VRT) in London Road.

The pub on the corner behind the bus was the Old Golden Cross. The building is still a pub, but now goes under the strange name of Heroes. Is this perhaps a tribute to King Harold's brave men, who fell in the Battle of Hastings in 1066, when William the Conqueror invaded? On the right corner can be seen a building, which was later to be demolished. Since the photograph was taken, there have been some road changes where this once stood.
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TQ8109, 1746 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 1 October, 1988   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 27 January, 2010
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Bus   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 815 095 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:51.3969N 0:34.6600E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 815 095
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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