When I first moved to Loughborough Junction, just at the end of the terrace I lived in at that time was the Redwing coach depot. It was located on land where Norfolk House once stood, until it was demolished in the 1890’s to make way for the building of Norfolk Terrace. The west end of the terrace was destroyed by a bomb during WW11 at the corner of 145-147 Coldharbour Lane and Vaughan Road.
This bombing left vacant land was led to its use as a coach depot for some years, as this photo from the Lambeth Archives shows. This photo dates from 1972.
A quick search of the Kelly Post Office Directory for 1972 shows World Wide Coaches occupying 145/147 Coldharbour Lane in that year.
They sold in 1978, the depot to Wahl of Heidenheim, a German company who had become very successful in the German day tour business and whose owner Fritz Wahl thought a London operation could be a successful expansion of his business.
Here is a photo of a Wahl coach taken in 1979, possibly at the Depot.
image discovered for sale on ebay
Due partly to over expansion around 1988 the German company experienced severe financial difficulties and became bankrupt and while the UK company carried for a while , eventually a new company called Redwing Coaches was set up by Paul Campana who used to work at Wahl Coaches UK. This company still exists today. They moved the company to new premises in Milkwood Road. Paul Campana retired in 2006.
The company was briefly sold to Addison Lee, but was then purchased back in a management buyout in April 2013.
The old site on Coldharbour Lane was developed into houses and flats and renamed Redwing Mews.
Update: February 2019
Redwing Coaches have now left the area and moved out to Croydon. The photo shows the abandoned yard. They didn’t have control of the land and I understand that a Shurgaard storage centre will be built.
The Shurgaard Self Storage has been up and running since December 2019.
Photos: loughboroughjunctionblog, 2016 and 2019