History of Crosskeys Coaches


Did you know Crosskeys Coaches was established 40 years ago! We’ve been looking into the History of Crosskeys Coaches and where it all began! Now owned by Alan Johnson, it was Alan’s father Keith, who started the company back in 1973 under the name Johnsons Mini Coaches. A few years later, they became Crosskeys Coaches after purchasing Crosskeys from the Tozer family. Today, alongside Alan, are his sister Debbie and brother-in-law Nigel. The family are proud of the fact that Crosskeys Coaches has always remained an independent, family run business.


Crosskeys History

The history of the company is rather hazy but we do know that the Crosskeys name originates from a regiment from the 2nd World War. When Alan’s father bought the Crosskeys coach all those years ago, one of the conditions was that it retained the name “Crosskeys”, which we believe was the regiment Mr Tozer had served in.


40 years on, Crosskeys is a well-established Folkestone business, proud of its safety record employing a number of long-serving drivers – some of whom still remember the old regime! With 19 coaches in the fleet, we are big enough to handle most enquiries, but small enough to retain our family environment and impeccable service history.


We’ve recently been trying to discover a bit about the Crosskeys name and regiment. A military historian has kindly given us the following information:


The Crossed Keys are the divisional badge of the 2nd Infantry Division of the British Army. The 2nd Infantry Division was formed in 1809 and had a very distinguished history fighting at a great number of historic engagements. During WW2 the division went to France as part of the BEF and fought in Belgium and France before being evacuated from Dunkirk. Following reformation the division was assigned to anti-invasion duties before being sent to India in 1942 where it remained for the rest of the war and was heavily engaged against the Japanese forces, including the legendry action at Kohima in 1944.


If anyone has any more information on the Crossed Keys, we’d love to hear from you! You can contact us at info@crosskeys.uk.com.