Dreadnought Motors through the years

Dreadnought motors in its heyday.
Dreadnought motors in its heyday.

This week we take a look at one of the well known coach operators in Morecambe.

Dreadnought Motors was one of the many coach operators in the town who were based on the corner of Queen Street and Station Road, opposite the Ribble bus station and Euston Road railway station.

When Dreadnought motors used to be a petrol station.

When Dreadnought motors used to be a petrol station.

As well day trips they also offered hire cars and taxi services.

Like all the local operators their main work at that time was day trips to various local destinations taking the holiday makers who had arrived by bus and train.

Morecambe’s holiday trade heyday of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s was a boom period for the coach hire industry.

But then Morecambe began to decline and the number of holidaymakers dwindled in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

The block of flats on what used to be Dreadnought motors.

The block of flats on what used to be Dreadnought motors.

The trading name of the company was H.J. Atkinson & Co, Dreadnought Garage, Queen Street.

They sold their license to Battersby’s, who took over a few smaller companies as the holiday trade started to decline.

The garage was demolished, to be replaced by Queen Street Garage which eventually was replaced by the current Queen’s Square flats.

Thanks goes to David Hodgson for supplying us with the photographs.