Busseys Back Then: The Roaring 1920s

Busseys Back Then: The Roaring 1920s

We heard you love TBT, so we’re going deep into our archives every Thursday to take you on a journey through Busseys’ history! Featuring classic cars, events and even the fine city of Norwich, we’ve dug up a stack of fascinating photos to relive the millennium that was!

For our first Busseys Back Then, we’re taking you way back to the Roaring 1920s!

True to its nickname, the 20s were a time of tumultuous cultural change – but along with the Jazz Age also came the age of the automobile.

In 1920, Alec Bussey and his older brother C.R Bussey bought out the company from Mr Payne, who was previously a co-owner at the original Palace Street site.

1922 saw the birth of Busseys as we know it today, when the two brothers joined forces with G. Sabberton and E. Bray of Sabberton Bros – originally an Iron Foundry and General Engineering business.

With this newfound partnership, Busseys and Sabberton expanded further by acquiring smaller properties surrounding Palace Street.

In January 1923, Ford Motor Company appointed Busseys and Sabberton Bros as official Ford Distributors. As the business continued to grow into the late 1920s and motor production increased, Busseys gained more commercial property across Quayside, Bedding Lane and Pigg Lane.

We’ve put together a gallery of classic photographs documenting the rise of Busseys and the city of Norwich in the 1920s:


 

Workers posing with their vehicles in a very early Busseys workshop dated in the 1920s.


 

Busseys and Sabberton Bros’ Palace Street branch in Norwich, appearing at the Royal Norfolk Show in 1923.


 

A classic Ford Model T parked outside the Busseys main site.

A classic Ford Model T parked outside the Busseys main site.


 

Busseys newspaper adverts for the Ford Delivery Van (1921) and the Ford Model T (1923).

Busseys newspaper advertisements for the Ford Delivery Van (1921) and the Ford Model T (1923).


 

Vehicles driving through Norwich City Centre on Armistace Day, 1926.

Vehicles driving through the Norwich City Centre for Armistice Day, 1926.


 

The famous Norwich Markets alongside a shot of Prince of Wales Road dated in the 1920s.

The famous Norwich Markets alongside a shot of Prince of Wales Road dated in the 1920s.


 

And finally... A stunning close up shot of the original Ford Model T being cleaned.

And finally… A stunning close up shot of the original Ford Model T being cleaned.


Keep watch on social media for next week’s Busseys Back Then, when we dive into the 1930s!