Brighton Corporation Tramways
Owner Brighton Corporation
Opened 25th November 1901 (electric)
Operator Brighton Corporation
Closed 31st August 1939
Length 9.48 miles
Gauge 3ft 6ins
Button description (Pattern 1) Title (‘Brighton Corporation Tramways’) surrounding arms (shield with two dolphins surrounded by five martlets, surmounted by a helmet and entwined dolphins), all above motto: ‘In Deo Fidemus’ (In God we trust)
Materials known Brass; nickel
Button Line reference [113/12]
Button description (Pattern 2) Title (‘Brighton Corporation Tramways’) surrounding arms (shield with two dolphins surrounded by five martlets), all above motto: ‘In Deo Fidemus’ (In God we trust)
Materials known Nickel
Button Line reference [None]
Comment At the moment I am only aware of the Pattern 2 button in the smaller of the two sizes; it therefore seems likely that it is not a separate pattern per se, but rather an attempt to reduce the complexity of the design for the smaller size button by the simple expedient of removing the crest.
For those of you who have never heard of a 'martlet' - ornithologists included - the only place you'll ever see one is on a coat of arms. It's actually an heraldic bird that is always shown without any feet, due to its supposed derivation from the swift, which in earlier times was believed to have no feet (always flying)!