You’re not off your trolley, it’s a home

It could be the most unusual home ever to come up for auction – a Staffordshire bungalow built around a bus.

At the heart of the home – Sunningdale in Dark Lane, Coven – are the remains of a Wolverhampton trolley bus dating back to the 1930s.

Remarkably, parts of the vehicle are still intact, with a bedroom which was once the lower deck, wheels and window.

The bungalow is now set to go under the hammer at a property auction run by CP Bigwood at the Holte Suit, at Aston Villa Football Club on May 1.

CP Bigwood partner Ron Darlington said: “It is one of the most bizarre things I have ever seen.

“I’ve never witnessed anything like it.”

He was called out to value the bungalow and said: “There was nothing outside to indicate what you would find inside. But they had taken down some of the plasterboard from the walls inside and there was the side of the bus and part of a wheel.

“It was a double decker bus, but they had taken the top off and used the lower deck to make a bedroom, building the bungalow around it.

“It’s got to be seen to be believed. I’ve been doing this job for about 40 years and never seen anything quite like this. I’ve seen a lot of things but this takes the biscuit.”

Described as ‘derelict’, but until recently lived in by an elderly woman, it has a guide price of £75,000-£80,000 based on the site’s potential redevelopment value.

But it started out as Wolverhampton Trolleybus 274.

It first hit the roads in August 1938 and is thought to have been based at the then newly built Park Lane bus garage at Fallings Park.

It finished service in 1949 after being in an accident – Wolverhampton Corporation renewed the whole fleet between 1948 and 1952.

Put up for sale, it was bought by a Mr S B Church of 32 Park Lane, Fallings Park, who lived just down the road from the bus depot. The trolley bus was subsequently towed to Anchor Bridge at Coven where it was converted into a summer home and named The Brubet. In 1968 the owners removed the top deck and a bungalow was built around the vehicle in a way which incorporated the old bus.

Not that you can tell from the outside today.

The property is freehold and, according to the particulars, “ideal for demolition and redevelopment”.

But it might be worth keeping the old steering wheel – if you can find it. It was apparently still around as late as the 1980s but no one has seen it since.

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Comments for: "You’re not off your trolley, it’s a home"


Ideal holiday home for a busman!

PJW Holland

Let's hope this opportunity to uncover a piece of Wolverhampton's history is not overlooked. The remains of the bus are worth more than the value of the property as a museum piece. The bus should be extracted and put in store until the City ha a museum capable of displaying it.