Essex Carriers Ltd - Historical Notes 1928 to 1957

Rushbottom Lane

Head Office in 1937
Aerial View of Essex Carriers Ltd. (Corner of London Road and Rushbottom Lane looking towards Southend)
Bob Barber
Site of Essex Carriers' Depot

Essex Carriers Ltd.  Historical Notes 1928 -1957

1928 -1932

R B Brittain started road haulage in conjunction with his building business.


National Parcels & Goods Services formed. Parcel services commenced between Essex and London with 2 vans.


Road & Rail Traffic Act – 9 vehicles applied for and granted as “claimed tonnage” on an “A” licence.


“A” licensed fleet: 9 vehicles “B” licence: 1 vehicle

1939 – 1945

Commenced operating articulated vehicles, also activities in specialised heavy haulage started. Took over business of C.M. Bone.


Took over larger premises for workshop. “A” licensed fleet now 11 vehicles and 3 trailers. “B” licence: 1 vehicle.

1947 – 1951

Activities curtailed by Transport Act, but designation of 3 operating centres and granting of permits allowed the business to carry on in the main as before.


Took over business of Geo. Jacob & Son, founded in 1888.

“A” licensed fleet now 28 vehicles and 8 trailers.

“B” licensed fleet now 2 vehicles and 1 trailer. Built shop for building and painting vehicles. Built new loading bank.


Built new warehouse for storage of customers’ goods.

Extended new loading bank.

Essex Carriers employees formed Essex Carriers Cricket Club.


Essex Carriers Ltd. formed to take over activities of National Parcels & Goods Services.

Built new offices over loading bank.

“A” licensed fleet now 30 vehicles and 10 trailers.

“B” licensed fleet 2 vehicles and 1 trailer.

The Future


Canteen facilities for staff


Extension of stores and workshop.

Our endeavour will be to continually improve our facilities for handling and delivery of customers’ goods, both in “smalls” and heavy low loader activities.

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