F LEGG & SONS
the Evershot Bus Service
|Starting in 1920, over time Frank Legg was to provide four motor bus services from his home village of Evershot, Dorset. Previously the village had been served by horse drawn carriers. Born in 1882 Legg farmed in a small way and saw that he, like other farmers, had a need for transport. So as well as running buses the firm were also haulage contractors, and this side of the business was to continue for some years after they stopped running their buses in October 1954.
War intervened, bringing its own problems. Evacuees swelled the passenger numbers in this quiet corner of Dorset. Larger vehicles followed, starting with a Bedford OWB / Duple utility 32-seater BFX482 bought new in 1944.
At this time the Commer, well past the first flush of youth and increasingly unreliable, passed to Fred Terrell of Sydling St Nicholas for his twice weekly runs to Dorchester. A new Bedford OB / Mulliner 31-seater CTK548 arrived in 1948 to replace the Dennis Ace and finally a second hand Austin CXB / Plaxton 30-seater coach DBX955 in 1950; this replaced the utility Bedford BFX482 which went a few miles south to Pearces at Cattistock, who subsequently had it rebodied. Thus these two vehicles CTK548 and DBX955 formed the operational fleet until Legg's bus services and the two vehicles were acquired by local operator A Pearce & Co of Cattistock.
|Legg's Austin DBX955 rests between runs in Dorchester
|Legg last operated
his bus routes on 31st
October 1954. But Bert and Ken Legg continued with the haulage
business until 1972 when they retired from running their four lorries
(mainly as livestock hauliers). Frank died in 1962 at the age of
80, and lies in Evershot churchyard together with his wife Mabel Annie.
Of the two sons Kenneth died in 1981, aged 70 and Bert died in 2003 at
the grand old age of 96 years.
|============= with many thanks to Roger Grimley for much additional information =============