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Hi I am very interested in Southdown Motor Services. It used to fascinate me when I was younger when I went to the Seaside in Brighton. Could someone please help me please with a question that I have been trying to find out for years?

Please could someone tell me the exact locations of all the Southdown Outstations? I know of two - one at Handcross and the other at Dial Post but where were the others? I like to look them up on google maps to see where they were.
If not does anyone know where i could get hold of the information please?

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Hi I am very interested in Southdown Motor Services. It used to fascinate me when I was younger when I went to the Seaside in Brighton. Could someone please help me please with a question that I have been trying to find out for years?

Please could someone tell me the exact locations of all the Southdown Outstations? I know of two - one at Handcross and the other at Dial Post but where were the others? I like to look them up on google maps to see where they were.
If not does anyone know where i could get hold of the information please?

Very Grateful
Welcome to the forum! I have moved your post into its own separate thread in order to give it a bit more prominence. I'm fairly sure that there will be a few people here who may be answer your questions.
 

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There’s an excellent book https://www.abebooks.co.uk/9781898432104/Southdown-Vol-Details-British-Bus-1898432104/plp that details them all.

Might struggle to recall all but Wickham, Heathfield, Hassocks and Fareham were still standing last I knew. Warsash was furthest west and still stood about 20 years ago.

Wickham https://www.google.com/maps/@50.901...4!1soCKqlTyT2K0bTj4PPKD5pA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192
Heathfield
Hassocks and Fareham were both in the station yard/approach

Some of the others were Henfield, Bolney, Storrington (dismantled and rebuilt at Amberley), Pulborough, Midhurst, Petworth, Clanfield, Chelwood Gate, Arundel and Hambledon - this is all on memory and there’s some I have forgotten.

There were also a number of sub-depots which had their own allocation or limited facilities that were more substantial but worked off a larger depot such as Emsworth, Hayling (still standing), East Grinstead, Crawley, Crowborough, Littlehampton, Seaford, Petersfield (still standing).

Hope this helps

ps Some links to outstations (credit to photographers)





 
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Not exactly an outstation but there was a Southdown Coach station in Crawley, basically a short break stopover with cafe, can't remember when it closed - early 70s??
 

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There were also a number of sub-depots which had their own allocation or limited facilities that were more substantial but worked off a larger depot such as Emsworth, Hayling (still standing), East Grinstead, Crawley, Crowborough, Littlehampton, Seaford, Petersfield (still standing).
The old Hayling depot is now a hardware store.

Southdown buses also used to park up at Havant Railway Station after the removal of the Hayling branch. As far as l know there were no facilities for the bus crews there.

At some time , some Southdown buses used to overnight at the Portsmouth Corporation Bus Depot at Leigh Park, on the outskirts of Havant.

There is this little booklet, published by The Spring at Havant, gives an idea as to routes in the Havant area,


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One vehicle used to be outstationed at Aldershot & District (Later Alder Valley) depot in Alton, since demolished.
 
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Rummaging around in a dusty old pile of stuff I found a booklet published by the Southdown Enthusiasts Club dating from March 1980. Whilst it doesn’t list outstations as such, the following locations are listed as depots, complete with rail-style two-letter depot codes:

BN - Edward Street, Freshfield Road, Moulsecoomb

BR - Bognor

CB - Crowborough

CH - Chichester

CS - Conway Street

EB - Eastbourne

HD - Henfield

HH - Haywards Heath

HK - Hassocks

HL - Hailsham

HS - Horsham

LS - Lewes

MH - Midhurst

PM - Winston Churchill Avenue, Emsworth, Hambledon, Hayling Island, Hilsea, Hoeford, Leigh Park, Petersfield

SF - Seaford

SG - Steyning

SN - Storrington

UD - Uckfield

WG - Worthing

WK - Whitehawk
 

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In early Southdown days there were several dormey sheds! Ashington was one. Dial Post and Cowfold were others, over in the east there was one at East Hoathly. There were others but my memory isn’t as sharp as it was!
 

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@TheGrandWazoo also helpfully previously posted on a similar query last year. This was as regards the (former) Southdown bus station at Haywards Heath.

That was indeed the Southdown bus station. I remember reading somewhere that the slightly art-deco religious profile was a consequence of the sloping profile of the land. Looks like it was a single platform with a canopy. Photo here (not mine)


Southdown apparently didn't believe in having bus stations except at certain key strategic locations such as HH, Lewes, Eastbourne, though some were often co-located with depots.
 

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Rummaging around in a dusty old pile of stuff I found a booklet published by the Southdown Enthusiasts Club dating from March 1980. Whilst it doesn’t list outstations as such, the following locations are listed as depots, complete with rail-style two-letter depot codes:

BN - Edward Street, Freshfield Road, Moulsecoomb

BR - Bognor

CB - Crowborough

CH - Chichester

CS - Conway Street

EB - Eastbourne

HD - Henfield

HH - Haywards Heath

HK - Hassocks

HL - Hailsham

HS - Horsham

LS - Lewes

MH - Midhurst

PM - Winston Churchill Avenue, Emsworth, Hambledon, Hayling Island, Hilsea, Hoeford, Leigh Park, Petersfield

SF - Seaford

SG - Steyning

SN - Storrington

UD - Uckfield

WG - Worthing

WK - Whitehawk
That was just before Crowborough closed.

In early Southdown days there were several dormey sheds! Ashington was one. Dial Post and Cowfold were others, over in the east there was one at East Hoathly. There were others but my memory isn’t as sharp as it was!
Some of those do ring a bell too.

What you had were true outstations with no facilities, some being a small shed for 2-6 vehicles but with a few a little larger. You had sub-depots that had some facilities (some more than others) and had their own allocations. Then you had the main depots.

So with Eastbourne.... You'd have the main depot in Cavendish Place. There would be Hailsham that was a reasonably sized sub depot that had some facilities, then a quite substantial outstation at Seaford.
 

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does anyone know the nature of the relationship between Southdown and Portsmouth City Transport? They seemed to be in 'Portsmouth Area Joint Transport services' and published a joint timetable.
 

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does anyone know the nature of the relationship between Southdown and Portsmouth City Transport? They seemed to be in 'Portsmouth Area Joint Transport services' and published a joint timetable.
I suspect it was one of similar agreements (e.g. Plymouth, Brighton).

Back in the olden days under the 1930 Transport Act, the corpy traditionally did the services in a town/city whilst the "county" operator ran in from outside, often with restrictions on where they could pick up/set down in order to protect the Corpy.

However, especially in the post war where city centre slum clearance/bomb damage meant the building of peripheral housing estates on the edge of the cities, then this had an effect on how you served those areas. They were outside the borough (so perhaps should've been Southdown) but would it able to do so efficiently without the ability to set down/pick up? Meanwhile, the Corpy would be losing passengers from the relocation to these new estates. In such instances, arrangements made to share mileage in order to more efficiently serve these places, fares would be agreed, and timetables jointly managed.
 

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As Grand Wazoo states, Portsmouth was badly bombed in the war, new houses were built in Leigh Park from the late 1940s to the north east of the city on the 'mainland' to re-house those who were 'bombed-out', Portsmouth City Transport ran most of the bus services from Pompey to Leigh Park and had a depot/outstation there, shared with Southdown who were the 'out of town' bus company.
 

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As Grand Wazoo states, Portsmouth was badly bombed in the war, new houses were built in Leigh Park from the late 1940s to the north east of the city on the 'mainland' to re-house those who were 'bombed-out', Portsmouth City Transport ran most of the bus services from Pompey to Leigh Park and had a depot/outstation there, shared with Southdown who were the 'out of town' bus company.
thanks Surreyman and grandWazoo. Leeds (where i grew up) city buses penetrated to adjoining boroughs like Horsforth, Pudsey and Morley. Noth of the city the just extended city borders. The only exception was Red Hall, a Leeds council estate outside Leeds border , which West Yorkshire RCC served. There was the oddity of the WYRCC 40 to Stanks in competition with the Leeds City 40 to Stanks. There were no joint services with Leeds City (Except the 72 to Bradford joint with Bradford City, and the 55 to Bruntcliffe joint with Yorkshore Woolen) There was definitely a restriction on out of town buses doing local journies north of the city. i dont know if that was true south of the city in West Riding and Yorkshire Woolen territory. No restrictions today BTW.
 

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thanks Surreyman and grandWazoo. Leeds (where i grew up) city buses penetrated to adjoining boroughs like Horsforth, Pudsey and Morley. Noth of the city the just extended city borders. The only exception was Red Hall, a Leeds council estate outside Leeds border , which West Yorkshire RCC served. There was the oddity of the WYRCC 40 to Stanks in competition with the Leeds City 40 to Stanks. There were no joint services with Leeds City (Except the 72 to Bradford joint with Bradford City, and the 55 to Bruntcliffe joint with Yorkshore Woolen) There was definitely a restriction on out of town buses doing local journies north of the city. i dont know if that was true south of the city in West Riding and Yorkshire Woolen territory. No restrictions today BTW.

Service 40 wouldn't have been in competition as such but would have been co-ordinated; there were all manner of restrictions on stopping services in municipal boroughs etc in those days as both Municipals, BET/BTC firms and others sought to protect their businesses.

The schemes in Portsmouth and Brighton were a more practical approach to dealing with the issues of slum clearance and peripheral estates extending over borough boundaries. In some cases, it also involved the removal of tram and trolleybus networks where the established route would terminate short of the required new destination. Keeping on the Southdown theme, there was the BATS scheme in Brighton, where BET owned Southdown worked alongside both Brighton and Hove (Tilling/BTC) and Brighton Corporation on a pooling mileage/route sharing/revenue sharing basis.
 

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How many of the ex Southdown depots/outstations are still in use ?
First still use Hilsea West for their Portsmouth services. Stagecoach use Chichester and Worthing, though one of the three Worthing sheds has been demolished whilst Henfield has a parking ground where the outstation was IIRC.

Whilst only Southdown in the NBC times when BH&D were taken over, Conway Street in Hove and Whitehawk in Brighton continue in use.

There are quite a few that are no longer in use as bus depots but are used for other purposes.
 

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The one in Petersfield in Station Road was a tyre depot when I lived there a few years ago (in Petersfield, not the tyre depot)
 

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The one in Petersfield in Station Road was a tyre depot when I lived there a few years ago (in Petersfield, not the tyre depot)

I think it still is.

Hayling was mentioned by @ajs as still standing as a hardware store. Fareham and Hassocks in use as commercial garages. Handcross was used by a traffic light firm but went a few years ago. Heathfield was an outdoor supplies firm. Lewes is some sort of storage but it's clear that the owner has the site lined up for redevelopment.
 
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Looking at a 1986 edition of the Southdown Enthusiasts Club booklet quoted from earlier, it appears that Steyning was included in the resurrection of the B,H&D operation at the time that Southdown was split up in preparation for deregulation, though it’s described as “open parking only” at Fletchers Croft car park.
 

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First still use Hilsea West for their Portsmouth services. Stagecoach use Chichester and Worthing, though one of the three Worthing sheds has been demolished whilst Henfield has a parking ground where the outstation was IIRC.

Whilst only Southdown in the NBC times when BH&D were taken over, Conway Street in Hove and Whitehawk in Brighton continue in use.

There are quite a few that are no longer in use as bus depots but are used for other purposes.
I'm sure there used to be one at Bolney, by the A23.
 
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