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Halifax J.O.C. 269, AJX269B, a Leyland Leopard L2 with Willowbrook DP43F body, new in 1964.
Not long after my earlier photo of the Pennine-bodied Reliance at Shibden terminus was taken, the 33 route was briefly extended up to the very top of the Shibden Valley to Queensbury. Here 269 is being carefully squeezed along Paddock Lane just beyond the previous terminus, and will then swing to the left of the picture up Green Lane.
Immediately behind where I was standing was Plough Royds Farm, where local transport pioneer Israel William Holdsworth originally started up in the grocery, animal feeds and carting business. Later he moved nearer to Halifax where he concentrated more on carting and haulage. His two sons Oliver and Charles took over the business after their father's death and built it up into a very successful limited company using the I. W. Holdsworth name, before branching out - along with their brother-in-law Walter Dean and nephew Norman Dean into the charabanc, then local bus business under the Hebble name.
Photo taken by John Stringer, Summer 1969, Paddock Lane, Shibden
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