Bournemouth Corporation Tramways



Owner Bournemouth Corporation
Opened 23rd July 1902 (electric)
Operator Bournemouth Corporation
Took over 16th June 1905 (Poole and District Electric Tramways) - excepting the track, which was purchased by Poole Corporation
Took over (operation) 16th June 1905 (lines of the former Poole and District Electric Tramways) - leased from Poole Corporation
Taken over 1935 (Hants and Dorset Motor Services) - Poole route
Closed 8th April 1936
Length 16.11 miles
Gauge 3ft 6ins

Button description
Arms (quartered shield with a lion, six martlets, a second lion and four salmon; surmounted by a helmet with garlands, with a pine tree upon four roses) all above motto: ‘Pulchritudo et Salubritas’ (Beautiful and healthy)
Materials known Brass; nickel; chrome
Button Line reference [None]

Comments
Photos (see link) clearly show that tramway staff wore the above Bournemouth Corporation general untitled coat of arms pattern button.

A martlet is 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)!