Bury Corporation Tramways

Owner Bury Corporation
Opened 3rd June 1903 (electric)
Operator Bury Corporation
Took over
13th July 1904 (lines within the borough boundaries, including Tottington and Unsworth, formerly owned by the Bury, Rochdale and Oldham Steam Tramways Co Ltd)
Took over (operation) 17th November 1905 - Heywood Corporation lines from Heap Bridge to Heywood Market Place and Hopwood
Took over (operation) 19th May 1928 (newly built Hollin Lane to Heywood line, owned by Heywood and Middleton Corporations) - worked jointly with Manchester Corporation Tramways
Closed 13th February 1949
Length 13.67 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description
Title ('Corporation of Bury') in garter, surrounding arms (quartered shield with anvil, fleece, papyrus plant and crossed shuttles, surmounted by helmet, underneath a bee between two cotton flowers)
Materials known Brass; chrome
Button Line reference [None]

Bury Corporation used a general titled coat of arms pattern button for all its transport services - including the tramways - from its inception in 1903 up until its demise in 1969. This pattern of button is included in the National Tramways Museum (Crich) button collection as a 'Bury Corporation Tramways' issue, and is clearer seen on surviving studio portraits (see link). The brass issues have smaller lettering, whereas the chrome examples - which date from the 1930s at the very earliest, and possibly much later - have larger lettering, giving them a 'busier' feel.

Visit Peter Gould's site for more information on Bury Corporation Transport.