Carter Paterson

Carter Paterson (CP) was a British road haulage firm, closely associated with the railway industry.

Carter Paterson lorry presumably at Fleet Street junction with Ludgate Circus sometime in the late 1920s.


It was founded in 1860, formed into a private company (Carter, Paterson & Co., Ltd.) in 1887, and converted into a public company in February 1934. In October 1933, the Big Four railway companies purchased control of the company in equal shares. Its head office was at 128 Goswell Road, London EC1.[1]

Ownership passed on nationalisation to the British Transport Commission and CP was subsequently absorbed into British Road Services.

Popular mediaEdit

The lovelorn batman to Clive Brook’s Major Daviot, Tandy, played by Gus McNaughton, compares their peripatetic lifestyle unfavourably to a career in Carter Paterson, in the 1937 film, Action for Slander.



  1. ^ Whitaker (1944)


  • Whitaker (1944). Whitaker's Almanack. London: J. Whitaker & Sons, Ltd.

Further readingEdit

  • Hays Wharf Cartage Company (1947) Transport Saga, 1646 - 1947. London: Hays Wharf Cartage Company (a history of Pickford's Ltd and Carter Paterson & Co.)