By Susan Johnson
A Leeds entrepreneur and licensee of the Nelson Resort, Armley, Samuel Ledgard was a person of unusual entrepreneurial expertise.
From brewing, cattle dealing, farming, quarrying, haulage contractor and caterer – the record is infinite.
To native folks he’ll finest be remembered for the Ledgard fleet of buses operating all through Leeds, Bradford, Ilkley, Otley and Calverley.
Beginning with horse drawn in 1906, altering to steam, after which Karrier petrol engines in 1912. At weekends when there was little haulage, he operated charabanc providers to hold passengers to the coast.
He took over Bridge Storage to service automobiles and moved into working an area bus service in 1924. The bus firm was purchased out by West Yorkshire Highway Automotive Firm in 1967.
An energetic lovers’ society with a quarterly journal named The Ledgard Chat continues to be going sturdy right this moment.
A blue plaque in reminiscence of this nice man survives outdoors the Nelson Resort.In 1979 a highway in Armley was named Ledgard Means, what a becoming tribute to an excellent man.
Samuel Ledgard, 1874-1952.
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