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A number of local business were operating road haulage from the area, some of these from the stone quarries.
Bate Brothers, Upper Gornal.
The yard five years after it was sold, it's likely that the old lorries are ex-Bates Bros.
The Cricket Meadow Estate was built in the fields behind in the late 1950s.
The photo c1954 and following information kindly supplied by David Bate
The road haulage business was started by brothers James and Clarence Bate in 1919, the yard was located on Jews Lane, Upper Gornal about 200 yards down on the right side.
Bate Bros. started out after WW1 by buying up ex-British Army surplus Leyland lorries, they stayed loyal to Leyland vehicles up to their retirement in 1949, except for purchasing a very rare and expensive (for that time) REO Speed Wagon in the late 1930’s.
They also bought engine and rolling chassis’ off the Ribble Bus Company, the bus bodies being removed by Ribble to re-use themselves, then Bates’ constructed their own single drivers cab on the right hand side with a flat body fitted and extending over the engine and left front wheel to give extra carrying length.
Their main loads were long lengths of steel.
A new company was registered in 1939 in the form of 'Bate Brother (Gornal) Ltd.', with the intention of carrying on the business of garage proprietors and dealers in motor vehicles, James and Clarence Bate as directors.
The business was nationalised in 1949 along with most of Britain's road haulage industry, and became a depot of British Road Services (BRS) up until 1954, the site was then sold on to the Wright family (Bennetts Builders) and remained a builders yard 'til the 1970s.
By 1980 the buildings had been demolished ready for new housing which appeared a couple of years later.
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