Preston Corporation Tramways



Owner Preston Corporation
Opened 1882 (horse)
Operator (lessee) W Harding & Co Ltd
Took over 31st December 1886 (Preston Tramways Company)
Operator (lessee) W Harding & Co Ltd
Closed (horse) 31st December 1903 (termination of W Harding & Co Ltd's lease)
First electric route 7th June 1904
Operator Preston Corporation
Closed 15th December 1934
Length 10.53 miles
Gauge 3ft 6ins (horse); 4ft 8½ins (electric)

Button description Title ('Preston Corporation Tramways') surrounding arms (shield with a holy lamb carrying a cross staff with pennant, above the letters 'PP')
Materials known Brass; nickel, black horn; chrome
Button Line reference [114/56]

Comment
The holy lamb is a reference to the patron saint of Preston, St Wilfrid, as is 'PP' - 'Princeps Pacis', which means 'Prince of Peace'. Note that the operator of Preston Corporation's horse tramways (W Harding and Co Ltd) never issued uniforms (see link), so marked horse tramway buttons almost certainly never existed.