Rochdale Corporation Tramways

Owner Rochdale Corporation
Opened 22nd May 1902 (electric)
Operator Rochdale Corporation
Took over (operation) 11th February 1904 (lines of the Bury, Rochdale and Oldham Tramways Co Ltd within the borough boundaries, including lines in Heywood [steam])
Took over
October 1904 (assets of the former Bury, Rochdale and Oldham Tramway Co Ltd within the Rochdale area)
Last steam service 11th May 1905
Took over (operation) 20th December 1905 - line from Heywood boundary to Heywood Town Centre, owned by Heywood Corporation
Took over 15th June 1925 (lines of the former Middleton Electric Traction Company within Rochdale boundary) - initially worked as a joint committee consisting of the municipal authorities involved
Took over (operation) 9th August 1925 (Rochdale to Manchester, via Middleton route, owned by Rochdale, Middleton and Manchester and worked jointly with Manchester Corporation Tramways)
Closed 12th November 1932
Length 28.71 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description Title (‘Rochdale Corporation Tramways’) surrounding arms (shield with a woolpack encircled by two branches of a cotton tree, surrounded by 5 martlets, surmounted by a helmet, garlands, millrind and silver fleece) all above motto: ‘Crede Signo’ (Believe in the sign)
Materials known Brass
Button Line reference [114/58]

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)! A 'millrind' is the iron centre of a mill stone.