As part of our 70th anniversary, BOB HIND continues from the Medway Towns to Hastings on the second part* of a journey inspired by regular contributor John Gillham’s description of a seven-day tour of southern England in Buses Illustrated No.1 in 1949

Arriva Southern Counties 4284 (GN14 DYC), a Wright StreetLite Max, passing Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery while operating route 155.

It is Monday morning in the Garden of England. John C. Gillham, who liked to be known as JCG, obviously enjoyed leisurely starts after a full breakfast. He embarked on his first full day of touring by catching the jointly operated Maidstone & District and East Kent route 29 at 09.32.

He could have taken the direct route 1 (today’s 101) to Maidstone but chose the more scenic, slower route along the Medway valley. Today the hourly service, provided by Arriva, is the 155 and I am standing on the rather exposed Star Hill in Rochester awaiting the 09.40 departure.

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