• H. C. Chambers & Sons Ltd.

    A brief history of Chambers, from operating a horse drawn cart in 1877 to today

  • H. C. Chambers & Sons Ltd.

    A brief history of Chambers, from operating a horse drawn cart in 1877 to today

  • H. C. Chambers & Sons Ltd.

    A brief history of Chambers, from operating a horse drawn cart in 1877 to today

  • H. C. Chambers & Sons Ltd.

    A brief history of Chambers, from operating a horse drawn cart in 1877 to today

  • H. C. Chambers & Sons Ltd.

    A brief history of Chambers, from operating a horse drawn cart in 1877 to today

H.C. Chambers & Son Ltd was founded in 1877. In addition to operating horse drawn buses and carts, a thriving livery stable and saddlery business was operated. 

Chambers purchased their first motorised bus in 1918. It had previously been used as an ambulance in France during the first world war. The end of the 1st World War with the advent of motorised buses, they increased frequency of services to twice weekly to Sudbury and Colchester. 

Between the Wars, bus services were increased to operate to such places as Halstead and Haverhill and further expansion into the general haulage, farming and coal merchants.

The period from the end of the 2nd World War, up until early sixties saw the farming, general haulage and coal merchants gradually disappear and the operation of buses and coaches increase. From the early seventies the bus services were concentrated on the Bury St Edmunds to Colchester service, which is one of the longest bus routes operated in the UK.

Modern day services include the Colchester via Bures to Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury via Nayland to Colchester and Clare to Bury St Edmunds.

Since the introduction of motorised buses, the bus and coach fleet has progressed from the open top charabancs of the 1920s, to today’s Air Conditioned Touring coaches fitted with every comfort and modern, low floor, easily accessible Double Deck Buses and Midibuses.

Chambers as its known locally, was an independent bus and coach operator based in the village. On May 28th 2012, it was announced that Chambers had been acquired by Go-Ahead Group , this making them the fourth East Anglian independent to become part of Go Ahead Group., after Konectbus , Anglian Bus and Hedingham Omnibuses . The Chambers depot in Bures was not part of the deal and the company now operates from Hedingham's Sudbury depot in Chilton Industrial Estate.

Source: Bures-Online