Bolton Corporation Tramways



Owner Bolton Corporation
Took over
June 1899 (Bolton and Suburban Tramways) - rolling stock and leases of the operator, Edmund Holden and Company
Operator Edmund Holden and Company (under contract)
First electric route 9th December 1899
Operator Bolton Corporation
Last horse service 1st January 1900
Took over (operation) 13th April 1900 - Moses Gate to Black Horse line owned by Farnworth Urban District Council
Taken over (operation) 2nd June 1902 (Farnworth UDC) - Moses Gate to Black Horse line
Took over (operation) 16th December 1933 (3.18 miles of the Moses Gate - Black Horse - Walkden route, formerly worked by South Lancashire Tramways, and owned by the SLT, Farnworth UDC and Kearsley UDC)
Named changed Circa 1934 to Bolton Corporation Tramways
Closed 29th March 1947
Length 32.36 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description (Pattern 1)
Title (‘Bolton Corporation Tramways’) within in border, surrounding arms (stylised shield with diagonal dividers surmounted by helmet, foliage and elephant), all above motto: ‘Supera Moras’ (Overcome delays)
Materials known
Nickel; chrome
Button Line reference [113/11A]

Button description (Pattern 2) Title (‘Bolton Corporation Tramways’) surrounding arms (stylised shield with diagonal dividers surmounted by an elephant), all above motto: ‘Supera Moras’ (Overcome delays)
Materials known
Nickel; chrome
Button Line reference [113/11B]

Comments
Stylistically, Pattern 1 looks to be the older of the two designs, though I have no proof of this.

Bolton Corporation, together with Astley Bridge, Farnworth and Kearsley Local Boards (later Urban District Councils) built and owned the track and infrastructure of the Bolton and Suburban Tramways. The track in Astley Bridge subsequently passed into Bolton's ownership when the latter absorbed the former in 1898, whereas the track in Farnworth and Kearsley continued to remain in the ownership of the UDCs, even when Bolton Corporation purchased the assets and leases of Edmund Holden and Company in 1899.