Wednesday, 18 November 2015

S is for Scotch Bob

This wood carving of Scotch Bob by sculptor Andy Burgess is on Cheadle Green.

According to Choose Cheadle website, James Telford, known as "Scotch Bob" came to Cheadle from Dumfriesshire in 1871. By 1879 he was driving the red, horse drawn buses of the Manchester Carriage Company, a job he proudly held for over 35 years.

In 1908 he set a British record for driving over 60,000 miles from Manchester and Cheadle. He sometimes drove three horses abreast, quoting Robbie Burns as he went. He knew everyone along the way and his whip was constantly raised in greeting, even when the rain was streaming down.

In 1913 he was given the job of motor-bus time keeper at the White Hart terminus. By then he was reckoned to have driven a record 937,000 miles on one route. He lived with his family at 8 Gatley Road, close to the White Hart where his horses were stabled.

When he died in 1929 he was buried in St Mary's Churchyard behind the White Hart stables, where a small stone stands in memory of James Telford.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.


  1. I'm rather reminded of a sea captain as opposed to a coachman. Quite a sculpture!

    1. locals often refer to it as Captain Birdseye

  2. I always love statues like this, someone 'important' who should not be forgotten.

    Have a nice abc-day/- week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc.-w-team)

  3. Fascinating story! I can just see him driving along!

    abcw team

  4. A nice memorial to the working man. He must have known every bump in that road.

  5. Interesting! He really got around!