Ilkeston Corporation Tramways

Owner Ilkeston Corporation
16th May 1903 (electric)
Operator IIkeston Corporation
Taken over (operation) 30th June 1916 (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Tramways Company)
Taken over (ownership) 31st August 1923 (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Tramways Company)
Closed 15th January 1931
Length 3.78 miles
Gauge 3ft 6ins

Button description
Arms (shield with saltire, two cotton hanks and two gloves, all beneath an horizontal piece of lace; surmounted by a bear's head upon a torse, holding a safety lamp) surrounded on three sides by the motto: 'Labor Omnia Vincit' (Labour overcomes all things) in a ribbon, everything enclosed within a quatrefoil shaped window
Materials known Brass
Button Line reference [None]

Comment In the absence of specific 'tramway' pattern buttons, it is possible that Ilkeston Corporation used this general untitled coat of arms pattern button for its tramway system from inception in 1903 up until the take-over by the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Tramways Company in 1916. From then on, staff wore N&DTCo uniforms which are thought to have carried plain buttons (see link).

A torse is a twisted roll of fabric that was wound around the top of the helm and crest to hold the mantle in place; a hank is a measure of specific lengths of cotton yarn