Names on the buses

806 Martha Gunn
410 Martha Gunn

Connections with Brighton and Hove : When Brighton became fashionable in the eighteenth century, the rich came down to the beach to swim. Many of them had difficulty in getting across the hard, unyielding stones to reach the water. People called dippers helped them into the water and the most celebrated of them all was Martha Gunn. Born in 1726, she acted in her role for more than 60 years, eventually retiring through infirmity and ill health. The Prince of Wales was fond of her and granted her free access to his kitchen at the Pavilion. She lived until 1815 and is buried in the churchyard of St Nicholas in Brighton. There is a portrait of her in the Pavilion.

806 Dennis Trident - carried name since delivery in March 1999 originally on METRO Line 1 then METRO Line 7 from April 2004, repainted in new livery from September 2004. April 2011 name transferred to 410 Volvo Gemini. Rebranded as Route 49 in June 2013. Repainted into new Route 49 livery January 2017. Route 49 branding removed September 2017.

Martha ‘dipping’ a child