The caption suggests a date around 1898, arguing that this “Prince of Wales Horse bus at the Green. Probably about 1898 before the Corporation took over the Carriage and Tramways Company, but maybe slightly later.”*
The larger was owned by the Greenwood Company and brought over 500 horses and 33 omnibuses to the merger, while what had been McEwen’s City Omnibus Company contributed the routes to Bell Vue, Rusholme, Longsight and Didsbury.
And at the end of the 19th was taken over by the City Council.
But what intrigues me is not so much the horse drawn bus but the surrounding buildings.
To the extreme right is the Travellers Rest which had been a beer shop since the 1830s and for most of that century had been run by the Nixon family and next to it the Beech Inn.
And it was her death which brought our village green back into common usage. From sometime earlier in the century till 1897 this had been the private garden of the Wilton family, surrounded and made secluded by tall hedges, but with her death the land reverted to the Egerton estate who in turn opened it to the public.
And tucked away in the corner was the little cottage once the home of the Malloy family and later the sweet shop of Miss Gertrude Green.
Picture; from the Lloyd collection