Tilling Family

Richard Tilling was the son and successor of Thomas Tilling. There is a good amount about him in books by his daughter Mabel Constanduros ('Shreds and Patches', 1946) and grandson Denis Constanduros ('My Grandfather', 1948). On the firm there is 'Kings of the Highway' by John Tilling (1957). You can see copies of all three at the Lewisham local History and Archives Centre.here.

Thomas Tilling Ltd, later known with its subsidiary companies as the Tilling Group, was one of the two huge groups which controlled almost all the major bus operators in the United Kingdom between the wars and until nationalisation in 1948. After the First World War they moved from Lewisham to Catford Bus Garage. The buses bodywork was constructed by Tillings at its own factories in Lewisham and Lee. They seated 48: 26 on top and 22 inside - literally, as this was still the period of open-top buses with solid tyres and no drivers' windscreens. The driver enjoyed a forward control cab on the offside of the petrol engine, while the top deck cantilevered forward over his head.

The business passed to Tilling's sons, Richard and Edward, who, with Thomas's son-in-law Walter Wolsey, formed a Limited company, Thomas Tilling Ltd in 1897. In addition to bus work, carriages were still hired to individuals and to a range of public utilities.[3] Richard's daughter Mabel Constanduros, was an actress and play-writer.

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