Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramway Company Limited

Summary
A surprising number of photos exist showing tramway 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 (or possibly oval) licence on a leather strap, invariably on their right breast. This was more than likely issued by Stockport Borough/Corporation.

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

Images

Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramway Co
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 particular thanks to David Voice.


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Bowler-hatted driver and flat-capped conductor pose alongside Horsecar No 14 (once again) at the Bulls Head terminus in Hazel Grove - photo undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s or early 1900s based on the headwear. The conductor appears to be wearing a large oval licence on a leather strap. Note the oil lamp, 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). Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with particular thanks to David Voice.


Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramway Company
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 actually a vehicle of the Manchester Carriage and Tramways Co Ltd (H stands for Hulme Depot); it was almost certainly purchased from the 'MC&TCoLtd' sometime between 1901 and 1903 (last 'MC&TCoLtd' horsecar service), and is still in the livery of the 'MC&TCoLtd'. The conductor's licence appears to be oval, though this may just be the angle it is being viewed from (slightly oblique). Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with particular thanks to David Voice.


Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramway Co Ltd
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 vehicle of the Manchester Carriage and Tramways Co Ltd. Note that neither man appears to be wearing a licence. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with particular thanks to David Voice.


Stockport and Hazel Grove Carriage and Tramway Co
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 particular thanks to David Voice.