Ribble 100, 1919-2019 • Preston Guild City
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Ribble 100, 1919-2019

Date Saturday 19 January 2019 - Monday 08 July 2019
Time 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP
Cost Free
Website www.harrismuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/1504-ribble-100-1919-cup-2019

Old Ribble bus parked on the side of a road.

Marking the 100 year anniversary of the Ribble Motor Services Limited...

See a special display to mark the Ribble Motor Services Limited's 100 year anniversary. The display will be in the Discover Preston gallery inside The Harris as well as a special display on Preston Flag Market on Saturday 19 January.

The Discover Preston gallery will use artefacts, photographs, and voice recordings to tell Ribble's fascinating story.

About Ribble Motor Services Limited

From its founding in June 1919, Ribble grew at a rapid rate, becoming one of the major transport operators in Britain in just 20 years. People relied on Ribble to take them to work, school, shopping, and for many more transport needs.

Under the control of the Managing Director, Major Harold Hickmott, and the strong influence of the Chief Engineer Captain, Harold Betteridge, the organisation was run on military lines. With new routes introduced and small operators bought out, Ribble's bus operating area stretched from Carlisle to Liverpool. The company's coach services and tours also took the vehicles to all areas of the country.

Ribble was controlled from the company's headquarters in Frenchwood, Preston, and an impressive office block was built in the 1930s alongside a well-equipped workshop. The company exerted a strong influence over coachbuilders, with considerable input into design, whilst forging a close relationship with Leyland Motors.

Ribble's success started to decline in 1969 due to the nationalisation of many bus operators in an industry slowly declining in the face of ever-growing car ownership. The National Bus Company has Ribble as a subsidiary until privatisation in 1986. After being split into two parts and then further divided, Ribble is no longer a name seen on the sides of buses in daily service.

Map address for The Harris

The Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP.