Including Old Devonport UK  and Old East Stonehouse UK and beyond.

  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: August 17, 2019
Webpage updated: August 17, 2019




Commencement (see note A below)

Started with horse-drawn tramcars on Thursday December 10th 1896; electrified on December 10th 1896. 

Original Route (see note B below)

Prince Rock Embankment Road, Tothill Road, Saint Jude's Church (fare from Prince Rock terminus, 1d), Beaumont Road, Ham Street, Ebrington Street, Drake Circus, Old Town Street, Basket Street, Westwell Street, Princess Square, Lockyer Street, Theatre Royal, George Street, Millbay Road, Plymouth Station (Millbay) (1d).

Extended from Plymouth Station (Millbay) to West Hoe and Promenade Pier as required.

Subsequent development (see note C below)

The tramway between Theatre Royal and West Hoe was closed on February 16th 1931 and this service was cut back to the Theatre Royal from that date.

Route Licensing Regulations, Wednesday July 8th 1931

Under the new route licensing regulations that came into force on Wednesday July 8th 1931, tramway service "5",Theatre Royal, Ebrington Street, Prince Rock, was allocated number H.1317.

Replacement by Motor Buses, Monday February 24th 1936

The last tram on this service, tramcar number 141, motorman Mr  T Hocking, ran on Sunday February 23rd 1936.

Note A:  Wherever possible an exact date of commencement of a service is shown.  However, in a lot of cases no precise date has been recorded so reference will be made to official returns to the Council or other documentary evidence to narrow the date down as much as possible.

Note B:  This gives the roads and streets the service passed through.  A road or street name in brackets indicates that it has not been confirmed beyond doubt that the road or street was used by buses on this route but it is a "best guess" based on the author's knowledge of the practice at the time.  If it is subsequently confirmed by either documentary or photographic evidence that the road or street was traversed by this service then the brackets will be deleted.

Note C:  Where deviations to the original route are shown they will be from and to a road or street named in the "Original Route" section so that the alteration in route can be easily followed.