Early Tramways in Yorkshire: A Golden Age

Author(s): Peter Tuffrey 

ISBN: 9781781553497

A treasure trove of rare pictures and informative captions illustrating and detailing the early electric tramways in Yorkshire.
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It has often been said that the world was horse drawn before the introduction of electric tramways. So therefore, the establishment of a new and relatively cheap mode of transport was a revelation to many people enabling them to travel, work and play beyond their immediate surroundings. The opening of a tramway route captured everyone’s imagination, ensuring adults, children and the occasional dog would turn out to witness an event that was orchestrated by groups of local civic dignitaries.

Early Tramways in Yorkshire: A Golden Age via breathtaking, pin-sharp photographs – sourced from rare postcards and exclusive glass plate negatives – lavishly illustrates the early years of tramways across Yorkshire from Sheffield to Hull, from Doncaster to Keighley and areas in between including Rotherham, Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield and Leeds. The onlooker today, besides being at one with the enthralled locals celebrating their new tramway systems, will not resist being enchanted by the everyday street scenes and people going about their daily lives, examples of which abound page after page in this glimpse into a long forgotten age.

BOOK ISBN 9781781553497
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 144 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 232 black-and-white photographs



Peter Tuffrey was born in Doncaster in 1953. He studied Fine Art at Doncaster College of Art and then at Leeds University until 1974.

He was Keeper of Fine and Decorative Arts at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery 1975-1995; freelance writer 1995-2000, PR Media Consultant for Doncaster Rovers 2000- 2002; and Area Manager for the Music Ground Group of Companies 2003-2010.

He is now working as a freelance writer. He has produced over 80 publications featuring the Doncaster area as well as Nottingham, Sheffield, and the Yorkshire area in general. He has also written many articles for local and regional newspapers and has recently penned a novel Angel from the Gutter