OMNIBUSES. The total number traversing the streets of London is about
3000, paying duty, including mileage,
averaging 91. per month each, or 324,0001.
per annum. The number of conductors and drivers is about 7,000, paying
annually 1,7501. for their licenses. The
earnings of each vehicle vary from 21. to 41. a day. Be careful to observe the fares
marked upon the outside; if you are in
the least doubt, be sure and ask the conductor before you enter, otherwise you
may be made to pay sixpence.
OMNIBUS ROUTES IN LONDON lie principally north and south, east and west, through the central parts of London, to and from the extreme suburbs. The majority commence running at 9 in the morning, and continue till 12 at night, succeeding each other during the busy parts of the day every five minutes. Most of them have two charges-threepence for part of the distance, and sixpence for the whole distance. It will be well, however, in all cases to inquire the fare to the particular spot; wherever there is a doubt the conductors will demand the full fare. The Atlas omnibuses (marked "Atlas") run from St. John's-wood down Oxford-street, Regent-street, past Charing-cross, over Westminster Bridge, to Camberwell-gate. The Paddington omnibuses run from the top of the Edgeware-road through Oxford-street and Holborn, to the Bank, and from the Edgeware along the New-road to the Bank. The Waterloo omnibuses (marked "Waterloo") run from the north-east extremity of the Regent's Park, down Regent-street, Strand, and over Waterloo Bridge to Camberwell-gate. The King's-cross omnibuses run from the North-Western Railway station, at Euston-square, to Kennington-gate. The Chelsea and Islington omnibuses run from Sloane-square, along Piccadilly, Regent-street, Portland-road, and the New-road, to Islington ; the Chelsea and Shoreditch from Battersea Bridge to Shoreditch, along Piccadilly, the Strand, Fleet-street, and Cheapside. The red Kensington run from London Bridge to Kensington; the Royal Blue and Pimlico from the Blackwall and Eastern Counties Railway station to Pimlico. The omnibuses inscribed "Favorite" run between Westminster, Islington, and Hoxton. Putney and Brompton omnibuses run from Putney Bridge to the Bank and the London Bridge Railroad station. The green Bayswater run to the Bank, along Oxford-street and Holborn, and also Regent-street and the Strand. The Brixton and Clapham run from Oxford-street, along Regent-street and Parliament-street, over Westminster Bridge, to Kennington, Brixton, or Clapham. These are the principal routes.
Peter Cunningham, Hand-Book of London, 1850
Omnibuses. Their fares vary from 2d. to 6d., according to distance, and are plainly indicated (as the law requires) upon a plate inside. They commence running about 8 a.m., and. continue their journeys until 11 and 12 p.m. The following are the principal routes, and the colours and designations of the Omnibuses which "work" them; most of which are now in the hands of an Anglo-French Company, the "London General Omnibus Association," organised in 1856, whose weekly receipts average 12,000l. About 1300 omnibuses, employing between 6000 and 7000 persons, are engaged in the metropolitan traffic. Each "bus" requires 8 to 10 horses to work it.
1. BAYSWATER: colour, green.
(1) To London Bridge, by way of Hyde Park, Oxford Street,
Holborn, Cheapside, Bank.
(2) To Mile End: Oxford Street, Regent Street, Charing Cross, Strand, Fleet Street, Cheapside, Bank, Cornhill, Leadenhall Street, and Whitechapel.
2. BLACKWALL: colour, blue.
From Regent Circus: Pall Mall, Charing Cross, Fleet Street, Cheapside, Bank, Cornhill, Leadenhall Street, Commercial Road, Stepney, Limehouse, Poplar, West-India Docks.
3. BOW AND STRATFORD: colour, green.
From Oxford Street: Regent Street, Charing Cross, Strand, Fleet Street, Cheapside, Bank, Whitechapel.
4. BRENTFORD: colour, red.
To St. Paul's: Kew Bridge, Turnham Green, Hammer- smith, Kensington, Knightsbridge, Piccadilly, Regent Quadrant, Haymarket, Charing Cross, and Fleet Street.
5. BRIXTON: (1) "Caledonian," green; (2) "Paragon," green.
(1) From King's Cross: Gray's Inn Lane, Chancery. Lane, Fleet
Street, Strand, Charing Cross, Parliament Street, Westminster Bridge, Lambeth,
Kennington Gate, Brixton.
(2) From Gracechurch Street: London Bridge, Borough, Kennington Road and Gate, Brixton Rise, Brixton Hill, Brixton Paragon.
6. BROMPTON: colour, white.
(1) To Islington: Piccadilly, Regent Street, New Road, Euston
Square (Terminus of London and North-Western Railway), New Road, King's Cross,
Pentonville, "The Angel."
(2) To London Bridge: Knightsbridge, Piccadilly, Haymarket, Charing Cross, Strand, Fleet Street, Cheapside, Bank, King William Street, London Bridge (Termini of the North Kent, Greenwich, South-Eastern, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Croydon, Epsom, and Leatherhead Railways)
7. CAMBERWELL: colours, diverse.
From Gracechurch Street; London Bridge, Borough, "Elephant and Castle," Kennington Gate, Walworth Road.
8. CAMDEN TOWN: (1) to Hungerford Market, yellow; (2) to Westminster Abbey, marked "Perseverance," yellow; (3) to Kennington Gate, green.
(1) From Hungerford Market (new Termini of the South-Eastern
and South-Western Railways): Trafalgar Square, St. Martin's Lane, Seven Dials,
St. Giles's Church, Tottenham Court Road, Hampstead Road, the "Mother Red
(2) From Westminster Abbey: Parliament Street, Charing Cross, Trafalgar Square, and as in (1).
(3) To Kennington Gate: College Street, King's Cross, Gray's Inn Lane, Chancery Lane, Fleet Street, New Bridge Street, Blackfriars Bridge, London Road, "Elephant and Castle," Kennington Road.
9. CHELSEA: (1) Hoxton; (2) Islington, purple.
(1) From Hoxton: New North Road, Finsbury Square, Moorgate
Street, Bank, Fleet Street, Strand, Charing Cross, Regent Street, Piccadilly,
Knightsbridge, Sloane Street, King's Road, Cremorne Gardens.
(2) From Islington: "The Angel," King's Cross, Euston Square, New Road, Great Portland Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly, Knightsbridge, Sloane Square, and Sloane Street.
10. CLAPHAM AND BALHAM HILL: colours, chocolate, red, and green.
(1) From Gracechurch Street: London Bridge, Borough, "Elephant and
Castle," Kennington Road and Gate, Stockwell, Clapham Rise, "The
Plough," Clapham Common, and "The George," Balham Hill.
(2) From Regent Circus: Regent Street, Charing Cross, Westminster Bridge, York Place, Kennington Gate, and as in (1).
11. CLAPTON AND HACKNEY: colour, green.
(1) From the Bank: Threadneedle Street, Bishopsgate Street, Shoreditch,
(2) From Oxford Street: Regent Street, Portland Road, New Road, Ball's Pond Road (Islington), Kingsland Road, Dalston Rise, Dalston Lane.
12. CRYSTAL PALACE: marked "Norwood."
(1) From Gracechurch Street: London Bridge, Kennington, Brixton, Tulse Hill,
(2) From Regent Circus: Regent Street, Whitehall, Westminster Bridge, Kennington Gate, Brixton, Tulse Hill, Norwood.
13. EDGEWARE ROAD: colours, white, orange, and green.
(1) From Farringdon Street (white): Holborn, Oxford Street, and
(2) From London Bridge Termini: (the "Citizens," orange): Bank, Cheapside, Newgate Street., Holborn, Oxford Street, Marble Arch.
(3) From London Bridge Termini ("Paddington," green): Bank, Moorgate Street, City Road, Pentonville, King's Cross, New Road, Marylebone Road, Paddington.
14. GREENWICH: marked "Greenwich," colour, green.
(1) From Gracechurch Street: London Bridge, Borough, "Elephant and
Castle," Old Kent Road, Deptford.
(2) From Charing Cross: Parliament Street, Westminster-Bridge Road, New Kent Road, Old Kent Road, New Cross.
15. HAMPSTEAD: marked "Hampstead," colour, green.
From London Bridge Termini: Bank, Cheapside, New- gate Street, Holborn, New Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road, Hampstead Road, High Street (Camden Town), Haverstock Hill.
16. HIGHBURY: marked "Favourite," colour, green.
(I) From Blackfriars Bridge: Ludgate Hill, St. Paul's,
General Post-Office (St. Martin's-le-Grand), Aldersgate Street, Goswell Road,
High Street (Islington), Highbury Road.
(2) From the Bank: Moorgate Street, Finsbury, New North Road, Islington
(1) From London Bridge, marked "Highgate," colour, green:
the Bank, Cheapside, Newgate Street, Holborn, New Oxford Street, Tottenham Court
Road, Hampstead Road, High Street (Camden Town), Kentish Town.
(2) From Charing Cross (and Westminster Abbey), marked Favourite, colour, green: Strand, Fleet Street, Chancery Lane, Gray's Inn Lane, John Street Road, Islington, Highbury, Lower Holloway, Upper Holloway, Highgate Cemetery and Hill.
18. HORNSEY: marked "Favourite," colour, green.
From London Bridge: the Bank, Moorgate Street, Finsbury, City Road, High Street (Islington), Holloway Road, Seven Sisters Road.
Omnibuses from London Bridge, the Bank, Chelsea (Sloane Square, Hyde Park Corner), Regent Circus, Black- friars Bridge, General Post-Office, and Westminster.
20. KENSINGTON AND HAMMERSMITH: marked "Hammersmith," colour, green.
From London Bridge: the Bank, Cheapside, Fleet Street, Strand, Charing Cross, Haymarket, Regent Quadrant, Piccadilly, Knightsbridge, Kensington, Hammersmith Suspension Bridge.
21 KINGSLAND; colour, green
(1) From the Bank: Fenchurch Street, Bishopsgate Street,
Shoreditch, and Kingsland Road.
(2) From the "Elephant and Castle (Newington): Borough (High Street), London Bridge, Gracechurch Street, and as in (1).
22. NOTTING HILL: marked "Bayswater," colour, green.
From London Bridge: Cheapside, Newgate Street, Holborn, Oxford Street Kensington
Gardens (north boundary), Bayswater, and Notting Hill Gate.
(2) From Mile End Gate: Whitechapel, Leadenhall Street, Cheapside, Newgate Street, Holborn, and as in (1).
(1) From Hungerford Market, marked "Paddington," colour,
red: Trafalgar Square, Pall Mall, Regent Street, Oxford Street, Edgeware Road,
Pined Street, Great Western Railway Terminus, and the "Royal Oak"
(2) From London Bridge: the Bank, Cheapside, Fleet Street, Strand, Charing Cross, Pall Mall, and as in (1).
(3) From the Bank: Moorgate Street, Finsbury Square, City Road, New Road, Edgeware Road, Praed Street, and Great Western Railway Terminus.
(4) From the Bank: Newgate Street, Holborn, Oxford Street, Marble Arch, Edgeware Road, Praed Street, and Great Western Railway Terminus.
24. PIMLICO: marked "Royal Blue," colour,.blue.
(1) From Fenchurch Street (Railway Terminus): Leadenhall
Street, Cornhill, the Bank, Strand, Charing Cross, Piccadilly, Hyde Park
Corner, Grosvenor Place, Eaton Street, Victoria Railway Terminus, Belgrave Road,
"The Compasses" (near the Royal Chelsea Hospital).
(2) From the Bank, marked "Westminster:" to Charing Cross, Parliament Street, Westminster Abbey, Victoria Street (and Terminus), or Broad Sanctuary (Westminster Abbey), Great Smith Street, Regent Street, Vauxhall Bridge Road, Warwick Street, and "The Monster."
25. PUTNEY (and FULHAM): marked "Putney Bridge," colour, white.
From London Bridge: Cheapside, St. Paul's, Fleet Street, Strand, Piccadilly, Knightsbridge, Brompton, Fulham Road, and Putney Bridge.
26. RICHMOND (and KEW): marked "Richmond," colour, white.
From London Bridge: same route as Kensington and Hammersmith; then cross the River, and through Kew to Richmond.
27. ST. JOHN'S WOOD: marked "Atlas" and " City Atlas," colour, green.
(1) From Camberwell Gate: Walworth Road, Newington, London
Road, Lambeth, Westminster Bridge, Whitehall, Charing Cross, Haymarket, Regent
Street, Oxford Street, Orchard Street, Portman Square, Baker Street, the Eyre
Arms (" Atlas").
(2) From London Bridge: the Bank, Cheapside, Holborn, Oxford Street, Regent Circus, Orchard Street, Baker Street, and Marlborough Road ("City Atlas").
28. WESTMINSTER: marked "Westminster," colour, chocolate.
From the Bank: following the usual route, via Fleet Street
and the Strand, Charing Cross, Parliament Street, Broad Sanctuary, Great Smith
Street, Regent Street (Westminster), Vauxhall Bridge Road, and Warwick Street
The "Favourite" omnibuses, green, run from Highgate, Highbury, Islington, and Gray's Inn Lane, to Westminster (near the Abbey); and the "Perseverance," yellow, from Camden Town. The Brixton omnibuses, from the Regent Circus, pass over Westminster Bridge.
29. RAILWAY TERMINI
Omnibuses to and from the different
Metropolitan Termini call at the following Booking-offices:
Golden Cross, Charing Cross.
43 Regent's Circus
The Green Man and Still, Oxford Street
White Horse Cellar, Piccadilly
George and Blue Boar, Holborn
Bolt-in-Tun, Fleet Street
In all disputes respecting fares, reference should immediately be made to a policeman; or if that functionary is not at hand, take down the number of the omnibus, and the number on the conductor's badge, which he is required by law to exhibit in a conspicuous manner.
Cruchley's London in 1865 : A Handbook for Strangers, 1865
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Omnibus óThe omnibus service of London is chiefly in the hands of the London General Omnibus Company (Limited), whose carriages traverse the leading thoroughfares in every direction at regular intervals from early morn to midnight. Besides the company there are also on the principal routes one or two large private proprietors, and a considerable number of smaller owners, who run their vehicles more or less at discretion. The following are the principal lines:
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ABNEY-PARK (Weaverís Arms) to VICTORIA STATION.
ACTON (Red Lion) to LONDON-BRIDGE.
ACTON to OXFORD-CIRCUS (Sundays).
ANGEL (Islington) to LONDON-BRIDGE.
BANK to BOROUGH.
BANK to HIGHBURY.
BANK to PIMLICO.
BANK to SHEPHERDíS BUSH.
BANK to SOUTH HACKNEY.
BANK to WESTMINSTER
BANK to WIMBLEDON
BARNES to BISHOPSGATE STATION
BARNSBURY (Offord Arms) to KENNINGTON
BERMONDSEY (John Bull) to GRACECHURCH-ST.
BETHNAL GREEN (Old Ford) to CHELSEA
BISHOPSGATE STATION to BARNES
BISHOPSGATE STREET (St. Helenís-place) to DEPTFORD
BLACKWALL to PICCADILLY CIRCUS
BOROUGH (Elephant and Castle) to BANK
BOW (Kingís Arms) to OXFORD CIRCUS
BOW-ROAD (Burdett-road) to OXFORD CIRCUS
BRENTFORD-END to ST. PAULS
BRIXTON CHURCH to CHARING-CROSS
BRIXTON CHURCH to GRACECHURCH-ST.
BRIXTON CH. to NORWOOD
BRIXTON CH. to OXFORD-CIR.
BROAD-ST STATION to BROMPTON
BROAD-ST STATION to CANNON-ST STATION
BROAD-ST STATION to HAMMERSMITH
BROAD-ST STATION to KENSINGTON
BROAD-ST STATION to KEW
BROAD-ST STATION to RICHMOND
BROAD-ST STATION to SUNBURY
BROAD-ST STATION to TURNHAM-GR.
BROAD-ST STATION to WALHAM-GR.
BROMPTON (The Swan) to BROAD-ST STATION
BROMPTON (Queenís Elm) to HOLLOWAY
BROMPTON (Queenís Elm) to ISLINGTON
CAMBERWELL-GATE (Red Lion) to CAMDEN TOWN
CAMBERWELL (The Green) to GRACECHURCH-ST.
CAMBERWELL-GATE (Red Lion) to HACKNEY-ROAD
CAMBERWELL-GATE (Old Kent-rd) to ST. JOHNíS WOOD
CAMDEN TN (The Caste, Kentish-tn-rd) to KENNINGTON PARK
CAMDEN TN (Britannia) to NOTTING-HILL-FATE
CAMDEN TN (Britannia) to OLD KENT-ROAD
CAMDEN TN (Britannia) to VICTORIA STATION
CANNON-ST STATION to BROAD-ST STATION
CHARING-CR (Trafalgar-sq.) to BRIXTON
CHARING-CR (Trafalgar-sq.) to KENNINGTON-PARK
CHARING-CROSS STATION to KILBURN
CHARING-CR STATION to NOTTING-HILL
CHELSEA (Worldís End, Kingís-road) to BETHNAL GREEN
CHELSEA (The Globe, Kingís-road) to HOXTON
CLAPHAM-COMMON (The Plough) to GRACECHURCH-ST
CLAPTON (The Swan or Crooked Billet) to OXFORD CIRCUS via BANK
CLAPTON (The Swan) to OXFORD CIRCUS via ISLINGTON
CROYDON (New Inn) to REGENT-CIRCUS
DEPTFORD (Com. Docks) to BISHOPSGATE-ST
EALING (New Church) to LONDON-BRIDGE
EALING (New Church) to OXFORD-CIRCUS (Sundays)
ESSEX-ROAD (Three Brewers) to OLD KENT-ROAD
ELEPHANT AND CASTLE (Borough) to FARRINGDON-RD
ELEPHANT & CASTLE TO KINGSLAND-GATE
FARRINGDON-ROAD (Met. Station) to ELEPHANT AND CASTLE
FENCHURCH-ST STATION to KILBURN
FULHAM (Putney-br) to LONDON-BRIDGE
GENERAL POST-OFFICE to HOLLOWAY
GRACECHURCH-ST to BERMONDSEY
GRACECHURCH-ST (George and Gate) to BRIXTON
GRACECHURCH-ST to CAMBERWELL
GRACECHURCH-ST to CLAPHM.-COM.
GRACECHURCH-ST to MITCHAM
GRACECHURCH-ST (George & Gate) to PECKHAM
GRACECHURCH-ST (Talbot-court) to ROTHERHITHE
GRACECHURCH-ST to STREATHAM
GRACECHURCH-ST to TOOTING
GRACECHURCH-ST to TULSE-HILL
GRACECHURCH-ST to WANDSWORTH-RD.
HACKNEY to OXFORD-ST.
HACKNEY-RD. (Shoreditch Church) to CAMBERWELL-GATE
HACKNEY, SOUTH, (The Albion) to BANK
HAMMERSMITH (The Roebuck) to BROAD-ST. STATION
HAMPSTEAD (High-st.) to OXFORD-ST.
HAMPTON-COURT to ST.PAULíS
HARROW-RD (Pr. of Wales, St. Peterís-pk) to LONDON-BRIDGE
HAVERSTOCK-HILL (High-st.) to VICTORIA-STATION
HIGHBURY to BANK
HIGHGATE (Duke of St. Albanís) to OXFORD-ST.
HOLLOWAY (Nagís Head) to BROMPTON
HOLLOWAY (Nagís Head) to GENERAL POST-OFFICE
HOLLOWAY (Nagís Head) to LONDON-BRIDGE
HOLLOWAY (Nagís Head) to VICTORIA STATION
HOLBORN (Old Bell Inn) to WENDOVER
HORNSEY (Seven Sistersí-rd) to LONDON-BRIDGE
HORNSEY-RISE (Shaftesbury Arms) to VICTORIA STATION
HOUNSLOW to ST. PAULíS
HOXTON (Sturtís Arms) to CHELSEA
ISLEWORTH (George Inn) to ST. PAULíS
ISLINGTON (Duke of York) to BROMPTON
ISLINGTON (Offord Arms, Barnsbury) to KENNINGTON-PARK
ISLINGTON (Three Brewers, Essex-rd) to OLD KENT-ROAD
KENNINGTON to BARNSBURY
KENNINGTON (The Park) to CHARING-CROSS
KENNINGTON (by Elephant and Castle) to KENTISH TOWN
KENNINGTON-PARK to CAMDEN TN.
KENNINGTON-PARK to ISLINGTON
KENSAL-GN (William IV.) to LONDON-BRIDGE
KENSINGTON (The Church, High-st.) to BROAD-ST STATION
KENTISH TN. (Castle Tav.) to KENNINGTON
KENTISH TN. (Bull & Gate) to TRAFALGAR-SQ.
KEW-BRIDGE to BROAD-ST. STATION
KILBURN (The Lord Palmerston) to CHARING-CROSS
KILBURN (The Lord Palmerston) to FENCHURCH-ST.
KILBURN (The Cock, Kilburn-rd) to VICTORIA STATION
KINGSLAND-GATE (The Crown and Castle) to ELEPHANT AND CASTLE
LOMBARD-ST (The Bank) to STARCH GREEN
LONDON-BR. to ACTON
LONDON-BR. to ANGEL
LONDON-BR. to EALING
LONDON-BR. to FULHAM
LONDON-BR. to HARROW-ROAD
LONDON-BR. to HOLLOWAY
LONDON-BR. to HORNSEY
LONDON-BR. to KENSAL GREEN
LONDON-BR. to NOTTING HILL
LONDON-BR. to PUTNEY-BRIDGE
LONDON-BR. to ROYAL OAK
LONDON-BR. (via Oxford-st) to ROYAL OAK
LONDON-BR. to ST. JOHNíS WOOD
LONDON-BR. to UXBRIDGE
LONDON-BR. to WALHAM-GREEN
MILE END-RD (Burdett-rd.) to NOTTING HILL-GATE
MITCHAM (White Hart) to GRACECHURCH-ST.
MITCHAM (White Hart) to OXFORD-CIRCUS
NORWOOD (Cemetery) to BRIXTON CHURCH
NOTTING HILL (Earl of Lonsdale, Archer-st) to CHARING-CR.
NOTTING HILL (Clarendon-rd) to LONDON-BRIDGE
NOTTING HILL (Clarendon-rd) to WHITECHAPEL
NOTTING HILL-GATE to CAMDEN TOWN.
NOTTING HILL-GATE to MILE END-RD
OLD FORD to ROYAL EXCHANGE
OLD KENT-RD (The Swan) to CAMDEN TOWN
OLD KENT-RD (Lord Nelson) to ESSEX-RD
OLD KENT-RD (Lord Nelson) to ISLINGTON
OXFORD-CIRCUS to ACTON (Sundays)
OXFORD-CIRCUS to BOW
OXFORD-CIRCUS to BOW-ROAD (Burdett-rd)
OXFORD-CIRCUS to BRIXTON
OXFORD-CIR. to CLAPHAM-COMMON
OXFORD-CIRC. to CLAPTON (Crooked Billet)
OXFORD-CIRC. (Green Man and Still) to CLAPTON
OXFORD-CIR. to CROYDON
OXFORD-CIRCUS to EALING (Sundays)
OXFORD-CIRCUS (The Argyll) to MITCHAM
OXFORD-CIRCUS to PECKHAM (Rye-lane)
OXFORD-CIR. to PIMLICO
OXFORD-CIR. to STRATFORD
OXFORD-ST (Regent-circ.) to HACKNEY
OXFORD-ST (Tottenham-court-rd) to HAMPSTEAD
OXFORD-ST (Tottenham-court-rd) to HIGHGATE
OXFORD-ST to UXBRIDGE
PECKHAM (Kingís Arms, Peckham-rye) to GRACECHURCH-ST.
PECKHAM (Rye-lane) to OXFORD-CIRCUS
PICCADILLY CIRCUS (Regent-st) to BLACKWALL
PIMLICO (Monster, Warwick-st) BANK
PIMLICO (Victoria Station) to OXFORD-CIRCUS
PORTLAND-RD STATION to REGENT-CIRCUS (Piccadilly)
PUTNEY BR. to LONDON-BRIDGE
REGENT-CIR. (Piccadilly) to PORTLAND-RD STATION
ROYAL EXCHANGE to OLD FORD
ROYAL EXCHANGE to SOUTH HACKNEY
RICHMOND to BROAD-ST STATION
ROTHERHITE (Red Lion) to GRACECHURCH-ST
ROYAL OAK (Bayswater) to LONDON-BRIDGE
ROYAL OAK (Bayswater) to LONDON-BRIDGE
ST. JOHNíS WOOD (Princess of Wales or Swiss Cot.) to CAMBERWELL-GT.
ST. JOHNíS WOOD (Princess of Wales) to LONDON-BRIDGE
ST. JOHNíS WOOD (Princess of Wales and Swiss Cot.) to WALWORTH-ROAD
ST. PAULíS to BRENTFORD-END
ST. PAULíS to HAMPTON COURT
ST. PAULíS to HOUNSLOW
ST. PAULíS to ISLEWORTH
SANDS END, FULHAM (Hand and Flower) to VICTORIA STATION
SHEPHERDíS BUSH to BANK
SOUTH HACKNEY (The Albion) to ROYAL EXCHANGE
STARCH-GN. (Queen of England) to LOMBARD ST.
STOKE NEWINGTON (Weaversí Arms) to VICTORIA STATION
STRATFORD (Swan) to REGENT-CIRCUS
STREATHAM (White Lion) to GRACECHURCH-ST.
SUNBURY to BROAD-ST STATION
TOLLINGTON-PARK to VICTORIA STATION
TOOTING to GRACECHURCH-ST
TRAFALGAR-SQ. to KENTISH TOWN
TULSE-HILL (New Church) to GRACECHURCH-ST
TURNHAM-GREEN (Roebuck) to BROAD-ST. STATION
UXBRIDGE to LONDON-BRIDGE
UXBRIDGE to OXFORD-ST (Sundays)
VICTORIA STATION to ABNEY-PARK
VICTORIA STATION to CAMDEN TOWN
VICTORIA STATION to HAVERSTOCK-HILL
VICTORIA STATION to HOLLOWAY
VICTORIA STATION to HOLLOWAY
VICTORIA STATION to HORNSEY-RISE
VICTORIA STATION to KILBURN
VICTORIA STATION to SANDS END, FULHAM (Hand and Flower)
VICTORIA STATION to STOKE NEWINGTON
VICTORIA STATION to TOLLINGTON-PARK
VICTORIA STATION to WESTBOURNE-PARK
WALHAM-GREEN to BROAD-ST STATION
WALHAM-GREEN (Putney-br.) to LONDON-BRIDGE
WALWORTH-ROAD (Elephant and Castle) to ST. JOHNíS WOOD
WANDSWORTH-ROAD (William IV.) to GRACECHURCH-ST
WENDOVER to HOLBORN
WESTBOURNE-PARK to VICTORIA
WESTMINSTER (Warwick-st) to BANK
WHITECHAPEL to NOTTING HILL
WIMBLEDON to BANK
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Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879
OMNIBUSES-These vehicles traverse the principal lines of
thoroughfare in the Metropolis, from about 8 a.m. till midnight.
To be readily distinguishable, they are painted in conspicuous
colours, and have upon each their destination, and the names of
the more important streets in their route. The fares are painted
upon the door or inside each omnibus. In most these commence
at ld. or 2d. for part, and do not exceed 4d. or 6d. for the whole
The Bank and Charing Cross are central points from whence omnibuses may be obtained in nearly all directions. Liverpool Street Station, London Bridge Station, Gracechurch Street and Victoria Station are also principal starting points.
In the following lists the general colour of the bus is printed in italics, and the principal name on the side is added, when it does not correspond with the destination in the direction given.
Omnibuses starting from or passing the BANK or Royal Exchange (going eastward), or Mansion House (going west ward), for-
Blackwall, via Cornhill, Leadenhall Street, and Commercial Road to East India Docks; dark blue.
Bayswater, via Cheapside, Holborn, Oxford Street, to Bayswater and Notting Hill, and some to Shepherd's Bush; green.
Bow, via Cornhill, Leadenhall Street, and Whitechapel Road to Burdett Road, or beyond, to Bow; green.
Hackney, via Bishopsgate, Shoreditch, and Hackney Rd. to Lauriston Rd., near Victoria Park: "South Hackney"' red.
Holloway, via Moorgate Street, City Road, "Angel," Islington, to Highbury and Holloway; "Favourite," dark green.
Hoxton, via Liverpool Street Station, Moorgate Street, Finsbury Square, Pitfield Street, to Hoxton; "Chelsea", brown.
Old Ford, via Bishopsgate, Bethnal Green Road to Old Ford, near Victoria Park; yellow. Another omnibus "Chelsea," brown.
Kensal Green, via Cheapside, Eolborn, Oxford Street, Edgware Road, and Harrow Road, to near Kensal Green Cemetery; yellow.
Kilburn, same route to Edgware Road, thence via Maida Vale; dark green.
Notting Hill via Cheapside, Holborn, Oxford Street, Edgware Road, Praed Street, Gt. Western Railway, Westbourne Grove, and Colville Road, to Ladbrooke Grove Road, Notting Hill; "John Bull" dark green.
Paddington, same route to Edgware Road, thence to Praed Street, Great Western Railway, and "Royal Oak," Westbourne Grove; yellow.
St. John's Wood, via Cheapside, Holborn, Oxford Street, Baker Street, Park Rd., and Wellington Rd. to Swiss Cottage; "City Atlas," dark green.
West Kensington, via Cheapside, Newgate Street, Holborn, Oxford Street, to Tottenham Court Road, thence by Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly, Knightsbridge, Old Brompton Road, and Lillie Road; some of the Road Cars, brown.
The following omnibuses on their route pass between the Bank and Charing Cross.
"Blackwall" blue "Bow and Charing Cross", dark green; "Putney" white; "Chelsea," brown; "Hammersmith," red; "Brompton," white; "Westminster" brown; also most of the Road Car Company's omnibuses, brown. The three last-named omnibuses, stud the Road Cars terminate their eastward journey at Liverpool Street Station.
Omnibuses starting from or passing CHARING CROSS for-
Bayswater, via Regent Street and Oxford Street, to Bayswater and Notting Hill; light green.
Bayswater, via Regent Street, Oxford Street, Edgware Road, and Harrow Road to Royal Oak, Bayswater; "Royal Oak and Charing Cross" red.
Brixton, via Westminster Bridge, Kennington Road, and Brixton Road, to Brixton Church; dark green.
Brompton, via Piccadilly, Knightsbridge, South Kensington and Fulham Road to Walham Green; white.
Camberwell, via Strand, Waterloo Bridge, London Road, and Walworth Road to Camberwell Gate; "Waterloo," blue. Other "Waterloo's," by same route to London Road, and thence to Old Kent Road.
Camberwell, via Westminster Bridge, Westminster Road, London Rd., and Walworth Rd. to Camberwell Gate; "Atlas," green.
Camden Town, via Regent Street, Great Portland St., and Albany St., to High Street, Camden Town; "Waterloo," blue.
Camden Town - Several lines of omnibuses, all starting from Victoria Station, pass Charing Cross at frequent intervals. Their route is via Trafalgar Square, Tottenham Court Road, and Hampstead Road, to High Street, Camden Town; thence diverging to their respective destinations, which are plainly marked on each bus, as "Adelaide," Chalk Farm Road; "Brecknock," Camden Road; "Bull and Gate," Kentish Town Road; "Carlton" for Maiden Road, Kentish Town; "Duke of St. Alban's", Highgate Road; and "Highgate Archway" via Junction Rd., Kentish Town. All the above omnibuses are painted yellow.
Chelsea, via Piccadilly, Sloane Street, and King's Road, to near Battersea Bridge and some beyond; brown.
Hammersmith, via Piccadilly, Knightsbridge, and Kensington Road to Hammersmith Broadway; red.
Holloway; Hornsey Rise; Tollington Park; via Strand Chancery Lane, Gray's Inn Road, "Angel," Islington, and Highbury, "Favourite," dark green.
Kennington, via Parliament Street, and Westminster Bridge to Kennington Church; red.
Royal Oak, Bayswater, Kensal Green, Kilburn. Omnibuses start from Charing Cross (opposite Station) for the above localities, in each ease via Regent St., Oxford St., and Edgware Rd.; those for Notting Hill, slang Praed St., Gt. Western terminus; "Royal Oak" and Westbourne Grove; for Kensal Green via Harrow Rd.; for West Kilburn via Shirland Rd. for Kilburn via Maida Vale. All are painted red.
Pimlico, via Parliament Street, Broad Sanctuary, and Great Smith Street to Lupus Street; " Westminster," brown.
Putney, via Piccadilly, Brompton Road, and Fulham Bond to Putney Bridge; white
Stoke Newington via Strand, Chancery Lane, Gray's Inn Road, Islington, Essex Road, and Albion Road to Abney Park Cemetery; "Favourite," dark green.
St. John's Wood via Regent Street, Oxford Street,. and Baker Street, to "Swiss Cottage," St. John's Wood; "Atlas," green.
Victoria Station, Pimlico via Parliament Street and Victoria Street; "Camden Town" yellow; "Favourites," dark green; also some of the Road Cars, brown.
West Kensington, via Piccadilly, Knightsbridge, Old Brompton Road, and Lillie Road; some of the Road Cars, brown.
Reynolds' Shilling Coloured Map of London, 1895