St Helens Corporation Tramways



Owner St Helens Corporation
Took over
1st April 1897 (St Helens and District Tramways Co Ltd [steam]) - track
Operator (lessee) St Helens and District Tramways Co Ltd (leased back to the previous owners by St Helens Corporation)
Name change 4th November 1898 - lessee company name changed to New St Helens and District Tramways Co Ltd
First electric route 20th July 1899
Lessee taken over October 1906 - controlling interest in the NStH&DTCoLtd acquired by Lancashire United Tramways Limited
Took over (operation) 1st October 1919
Taken over (operation) 1st April 1921 (Liverpool Corporation) - 0.5 miles of track between Prescott and Brook Bridge
Taken over (ownership) 4th August 1921 (Liverpool Corporation) - 0.5 miles of track between Prescott and Brook Bridge
Named changed July 1930 to St Helens Corporation Transport
Closed 31st March 1936
Length 18.74 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description (Pattern 1) Title (‘St Helens Corporation Tramways’) in stylised circlet, surrounding arms (quartered shield surmounted by a lion), all above motto ‘Ex Terra Lucem’ (Light out of the Earth)
Materials known Nickel
Button Line reference [114/62]

Button description (Pattern 2) Title (‘St Helens Corporation Transport’) in stylised circlet, surrounding arms (quartered shield surmounted by a lion), all above motto ‘Ex Terra Lucem’ (Light out of the Earth)
Materials known Nickel
Button Line reference [None]

Comment It is currently unknown whether the lessee company, the New St Helens and District Tramways Company (see link), issued marked uniform buttons or not, though so far, nothing has come to light.

The NStH&DTCo was the operator of both the St Helens Corporation system and the Liverpool and Prescott Light Railway, both of which had several board members in common. The NStH&DTCo’s parent company, Lancashire United Tramways was also the parent company of the L&PLR, as well as the South Lancashire Tramways Company.

The name of the municipal undertaking was changed to 'St Helens Corporation Transport' in 1930; issues of new uniforms subsequent to this would therefore have borne Pattern 2 buttons.