Leyton District Council Tramways



Owner Leyton Urban District Council
Took over
1st June 1905 (Lea Bridge, Leyton and Walthamstow Tramways Co Ltd [horse]) - lines within Leyton UDC boundary
Took over (lessee) 1st June 1905 (Lea Bridge, Leyton and Walthamstow Tramways Co Ltd [horse]) - lines outside Leyton UDC boundary bought by London County Council
Operator Lea Bridge, Leyton and Walthamstow Tramways Co Ltd
Took over 1st November 1905 - lines previously leased to the LBL&WTCo
Took over 1st June 1906 (North Metropolitan Tramways [horse]) - lines within Leyton UDC boundary
First electric route 1st December 1906
Taken over (operation) July 1908 (London County Council Tramways - former Lea Bridge, Leyton and Walthamstow Tramways lines previously leased to LUDC
Last horse service 9th December 1908
Taken over (operation/maintenance) 1st July 1921 (London County Council Tramways)
Owner's name changed 1926 to Leyton Borough Council
Taken over 1st July 1933 (London Transport)
Length 9.52 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description (Pattern 1)
Full title ('Leyton District Council') surrounding a shield containing three swords (seaxes)
Materials known Brass
Button Line reference [None]

Button description (Pattern 2)
Initials 'L.B.C' within a scalloped rim
Materials known Brass
Button Line reference [None]

Comment I have absolutely no evidence that either of the two above buttons are issues of Leyton District Council/CorporationTramways; however given that no marked buttons have come to light, it seems more than likely that the Pattern 1 button was issued to the council's tramway staff. On stylistic grounds, the Pattern 2 button looks to be from either a 'bus' or 'tramway' operator, and the Leyton tramcar waist panel monograms certainly carried the initials 'L.B.C' from 1926 onwards. Leyton Council were clearly very protective of the identity of the system - which was of course owned by them - even though operated by London County Council from 1921. I do however feel that as services were formally operated by the LCC, it would be astonishing if anything other than the standard LCC uniform was worn.