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A.E. & F.R. Bewer Company History





This small motor bus company  was started by two brothers , AE & FR Brewer who jointly owned a farming business in the Upper Llynfi area near the mining village of Caerau. It was their practice to give neighbours and friends lifts on their regular journeys to Maesteg and on 16th February 1920 they introduced a regular bus link and printed a timetable.


As housing developement around Caerau down the Llynfi valley continued to grow and accordingly more buses were required.  Service schedules grew steadily to Maesteg and later to Bridgend where a new industrial Estate was being developed. The Bridgend service was sold to South Wales Commercial Motors, later to become Western Welsh in 1924.


The partnership became a Limited company in 1974 controlled by the Brewer family, sadly Mr AE Bewer died two years later in 1976, and his share of the business passed to his heirs within the family.


On a historical note it is believed the company was the last Welsh independent bus company  to use the Bell Punch ticket and rack systém of fare collection which survived until about 1976.


The livery was until its sale  two tone blue and cream, although some vehicles in more recent years ran in the colours in which they were aquired with Brewers fleetnames.


David Griffiths 2006

The Buses

Bewers MBO 521F, an AEC Swift MP2R  with Alexander B47D + 16 standees body was new to Cardiff in 1968 as 521 but was withdrawn in 1975 after a relatively short stay in the capital fleet.  It arrived in Caerau by 1976.  Itn is seen at Maesteg on 2 August 1977.

Photograph supplied and copyright of  Ken Evans


Brewers 472 (SWT fleet number), Later 164 ( NCY 472R), a Leyland Leopard PSU3C/4R with  Duple C49F was new to SWT in August 1976 and was drafted into the Brewers fleet following the take over to replace older vehicles.
Location: Caerau Garage   Date: 05/08/89

Photo supplied by and copyright of Ken Evans


Brewers (SWT) No 598 and later No 949 (UAR 598 W), a Bristol VRT/SL3/6LXB with ECW H43/31F wearing the new livery of red and white. 598 was new to Eastern National in June 1981 before passing to United Welsh Coaches. It came to Brewers in 1992.
Location: Swansea Quadrant Bus Station. Date 22/12/93

Photograph supplied by and copyright Ken Evans






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