London Street Tramways Company

Summary
In common with the vast majority of horse tramways in the UK, drivers were not issued with uniforms, simply wearing informal but robust attire - trousers, jackets, waistcoats, shirts and ties, along with heavy overcoats for more inclement weather. Headgear appears to have largely followed the fashion of the day, initially the ubiquitous bowler hat, but in later years, the flat cap. No insignia of any kind appears to have been carried on either the jackets or the hats.

Photographs of conductors are unfortunately very rare (non-existent in fact), so it is not possible to say whether or not they were issued with uniforms. However, a photo taken outside the LSTCo's offices, does show an individual wearing a frock-style coat and a kepi cap with a small cap badge; it seems likely that this individual is a senior staff member (for example a Chief Inspector), which suggests that conductors may also have had uniforms. Confirmation must however await the discovery of photographic evidence.

Images

Horse tram drivers and conductors
London Street Tramways Horsecar No 32
The driver of Horsecar No 32 on the Archway Tavern to Euston Rd route - photo undated, but probably taken in the 1890s. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


London Street Tramways Horsecar
Flat-capped driver with an unidentified horsecar on the Hampstead to Euston service - photo undated, but probably taken in the second half of the 1890s. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


London Street Tramways Staff
Photo taken outside the London Street Tramways Company's offices - photo undated. The figure on the left is probably a senior member of staff such as a Chief Inspector; he is wearing a kepi-style cap with a small badge. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice