W J Hanmer & Sons


Photo Courtesy of Rob Richardson


The business commenced in 1895 when Walter Hanmer started using horse drawn vehicles for coal haulage and passengers. After 1910 mechanical vehicles were utilised some of which were used for carrying coal and passengers and a route was established between Lodge and Wrexham. Private hire became an element of the business and journeys were also operated to local collieries.

In 1952 the business began trading as W J Hanmer and Sons to reflect that Walter's sons Herbert (Heber) and John (Johnny) had established themselves in the business. After the death of Walter the sons continued running the business but by 1968 Heber bought out Johnny's share. Heber's son Roger later entered the business and an expansion was experienced when continental travel was operated.

Tragically Roger died in 1975 after a short illness. His widow Hillary, under the direction of Heber, continued to run the business. However in August 2000 the business was sold to GHA including the fleet of coaches, the depot at Southsea and the valued goodwill of the business which at that stage was predominately private hire.

Photo Courtesy of John Law


The table below gives a list of all recorded vehicles known to have been with this operator. I am indebted to David Donati for his dedicated work in compiling this data and enabling me to present it.

In the right hand column - where available - there is a link to a photograph of the vehicle. The photo will open in a new window. Links in CAPITAL LETTERS suggest the vehicle is seen when with the operator.

Chassis and body numbers are to be found on the right hand side of the table below. You may need to scroll to see them.

© Ron Hughes and David Donati - any reproduction should give credit to the originator and may require permission.