West Ham Corporation Tramways

Owner West Ham Corporation
Took over 1st July 1903 (North Metropolitan Tramways [horse]) - lines in West Ham, which continued to be worked by the NTMCo pending electrification
First electric route 27th February 1904
Operator West Ham Corporation
Took over (operation) 1st April 1906 last remaining NMTCo operated service
Took over (operation) 10th March 1909 (Ilford Council/Corporation Tramways) - Ilford Hill lease (held by East Ham Corporation Tramways) amended to include West Ham
Taken over 1st July 1933 (London Transport)
Length 16.80 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description Title (‘WEST HAM'), above the municipal arms (a shield divided into five, bearing a sailing ship, half chevrons, crossed hammers and a crosier) with a sword, crosier and rising sun crest, all above the motto: 'DEO CONFIDIMUS'
Materials known Brass; chrome
Button Line reference [None]

Comment The buttons exist in two variations, with and without a raised rim. In the absence of specific 'tramway' pattern buttons, it would appear that West Ham Corporation used this general titled coat of arms pattern button for its tramway staff from its inception in 1903 up until the takeover of 1933.

A torse is a twisted roll of fabric that was wound around the top of the helm and crest to hold the mantle in place.