Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramway Company Limited

Summary
A surprising number of photos exist showing staff of the Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramway Company over its modest 15-year existence. These clearly show that staff wore a variety of informal attire, ranging from the relatively smart (jacket with tie or overcoat and bowler hat) to the more mundane and workmanlike (heavy jackets and flat caps). The use of informal attire was common practice amongst horse tramway operators, many of them never seeing fit to issue uniforms or insignia of any kind.

Drivers and conductors did however wear a large round licence suspended on a leather strap, usually from a jacket button or a cashbag strap. This was more than likely issued by Stockport Borough/Corporation, though an example has yet to come to light.

Given that there is no documentary of photographic evidence of inspectors, it may well be that the S&HGC&TCoLtd never employed them.

I am indebted to Jayne Shrimpton for her expertise in dating the photos below based upon clothing and headwear styles.

For a short history of this system system, see: 'Stockport Corporation Tramways' by Maurice Marshall; Manchester Transport Museum Society (1975).

Images

Horse tram drivers and conductors
Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramway Co horse tram
Conductor and driver pose with Horsecar No 14 - location and date unknown, but probably in either the mid-to-late 1890s or early 1900s based on the clothing. Both men are wearing what appear to be round licences. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramway Co driver and conductor
A blow-up of the above photo showing the conductor and driver, both of whom are wearing informal attire, along with round licences.


Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramway Co No 4
A driver and conductor pose alongside Horsecar No 4 at the Bulls Head terminus in Hazel Grove - photo undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s or early 1900s based on the headwear. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramways Co Ltd driver and conductor
A blow-up of the above photo showing the bowler-hatted driver and flat-capped conductor. The latter appears to be wearing a large licence on a leather strap, possibly suspended from a button on his coat. The oil lamp was a distinctive feature of Manchester-area horse cars in the latter years of operation, possibly introduced on night-time services as the result of legislation (thanks to Ted Ray for his thoughts on these lamps).


Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramways Co Ltd driver and conductor
A virtually identical scene to that shown previously (at the Bulls Head terminus), but this time with Horsecar H-101 - photo undated, but probably taken between 1903 and 1905. The photo can be reasonably accurately dated from the style of clothes, as well as from the tramcar itself. The latter is a former vehicle of the Manchester Carriage and Tramways Co Ltd (H stands for Hulme Depot); it was almost certainly purchased from the 'MC&TCoLtd' some time between 1901 and 1903 (the last 'MC&TCoLtd' horsecar service), and is still in the livery of the 'MC&TCoLtd'. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramway Company tram driver and conductor
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver and conductor, both in informal attire with flat caps, Although the conductor's licence appears to be oval, this is almost certainly due to the angle it is being viewed from (slightly oblique).


Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramway Company tram driver and conductor
A driver, conductor and passengers with Horsecar H-70 - probably in Edgeley some time between 1903 and 1905. Once again, the photo can be reasonably accurately dated from the style of clothes, as well as from the horsecar itself, again a former vehicle of the Manchester Carriage and Tramways Co Ltd. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramway Co Ltd
A blow-up of the previous photo showing the driver and conductor, neither of whom appear to be wearing a licence.


Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramway Co Ltd
Another view of an ex-'MC&TCoLtd' horsecar at the Bulls Head terminus, this time H-94. Photo undated, but probably taken between 1903 and 1905. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramway Co
A blow up of the above photo showing the driver and conductor, neither of whom are wearing a licence.