Bygone days of transport

In reply to your correspondent Chris Tinker’s transport enquiry, here goes: Robinson’s moved their operations from the railway station forecourt to West Mount Mews in the early 1920s. West Mount Mews stood where the Capitol now stands. Robinson’s depot was bought by the Londesborough Picture Theatre Company in 1927 and they demolished it. They built the Capitol Cinema which opened in 1929 on the site, and the Westborough entrance to the long-gone West Mount Mews is still highly in evidence there today. It is the wide access route under the buildings between Waterstones and Boots which leads to the rear of the Capitol, and its entrance is frequently occupied by local charities and their tombola stalls.

The Vine Street premises belonged to Foxtons and was called Foxton’s Mews. This livery stable became Vine Street Garage, now Duggleby’s. Hardwick’s “Country Buses” had their depot not at the car park in Victoria Road but slightly lower down, where the block of flats called Postgate House stands, opposite the Spa Hotel. The East Yorkshire Bus Station stood where Jewson’s now stands in Northway.

I am indebted to local historian Richard Percy for his kind emails on the subject.

CM Holliday