John Fishwick & Sons

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John Fishwick & Sons
Eastern Coach Works bodied
Leyland Atlantean AN69 (cancelled export)
ParentJohn Brindle
James Fishwick Hustler
Defunct24 October 2015
Service areaLancashire
Service typeBus & coach services
Fleet37 (October 2014)

John Fishwick & Sons[1] was a bus company based in Leyland, Lancashire.


Preserved Leyland National in Plymouth in July 2009
Van Hool Alizee T9 bodied VDL in August 2010

The company was formed in 1907 when John Fishwick moved from Wales to Leyland looking for business. He started with a steam propelled wagon from the local Leyland Motors factory in Farington. The vehicle was used to transport goods for local business until 1910 when a second petrol vehicle was bought and converted to a bus to be used to ferry passengers from Leyland to nearby Preston.[2]

After World War I, the fleet expanded and by the early 1930s the fleet consisted of eight wagons and 25 buses. During the 1950s the haulage side of the business declined and was disposed of in 1953. The company then focused solely on passenger transport and took over all of its local rivals. By the end of the 1960s the fleet had grown to over 35 buses and 11 coaches.[2]

John Fishwick & Sons ceased trading on 24 October 2015 after entering administration.[3][4]


As of 2015 John Fishwick & Sons operated four bus routes.[5]


As at October 2014 the fleet consisted of 37 buses and coaches.[6] John Fishwick & Sons also maintained a heritage fleet.

Further reading[edit]

  • Prescott, David (2007). John Fishwick & Sons 1907-2007: A Century of Transport. John Fishwick & Sons. ISBN 978-0955639302.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 1556551 John Fishwick & Sons Limited
  2. ^ a b Fishwick's Centenary Archived 14 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine John Fishwick & Sons
  3. ^ John Fishwick & Sons bus firm ceases trading after 100 years BBC News 26 October 2015
  4. ^ RSM Partners appointed as administrators to John Fishwick & Sons Bus & Coach Professional 30 October 2015
  5. ^ Bus Services John Fishwick & Sons
  6. ^ Lancashire Independents North West Buses

External links[edit]

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