People

George Shillibeer, 1797-1866
Simple name : Person: staff
Collection : People
Reference number : 1996/5200
Fullname : George Shillibeer
Biography : Shillibeer was a coach builder, who is thought to have supplied vehicles for the world's first bus service, started in Paris. Much impressed, he brought the idea to London, starting his own service in 1829. Within two years, competitors had forced him into bankruptcy, and he was elected chairman of the first horse bus Association, designed to limit such damaging competition. Retiring from the bus scene in 1834, he ended his days as a funeral director. A memorial tablet to Shillibeer was unveiled at St Mary's Church, Chigwell, on the wall of the north aisle, west end on the 17th September 1929.
Date of birth : 1797
Date of death : 1866
Role : Staff
Employment :
  • Chairman, first omnibus Association : 01/09/1831 - 31/12/1834
  • Bus operator : 04/07/1829 - 31/12/1834
Record completeness :
Record 28% complete

Related item

hl book shop now

Shop

Hidden London book

Delve into the history of disused and repurposed London Underground spaces with the new beautifully illustrated hardback book, Hidden London: Discovering the Forgotten Underground - now available!

Buy now

heritage day out greenwich

What's On

Heritage bus day trip

Join us on a daytrip through time and space as we visit the Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House in Greenwich, and enjoy the autumnal splendours and maritime breeze of Greenwich Park

Book tickets

collections august

Collections

Object of the Month

This Way Out sign was installed at Clapham Common when it was used as a shelter during the Second World War. The later markings show the presence of people in the deep-level shelter over the years.

Discover more