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)

Opened with horse-trams on Easter Monday, April 3rd 1893; electrified on April 3rd 1901; became route 1 on Monday October 23rd 1916. 

Original Route (see note B below)

Theatre Royal, Lockyer Street, Princess Square, Westwell Street, Basket Street, Old Town Street, Tavistock Road, Sherwell (fare from Theatre 1d), North Hill, Multey Plain, Hyde Park (1d), Townsend Hill, Tavistock Road, Compton Lane End (Hender's Corner) (1d).

Extended from Theatre Royal to George Street, Millbay Road, Plymouth Station (Millbay), West Hoe Road, Radford Road, Grand Parade, Promenade Pier, when required.

Subsequent development (see note C below)


Route Licensing Regulations, Wednesday July 8th 1931

Under the new route licensing regulations that came into force on Wednesday July 8th 1931, tramway service "1" was allocated number H.1311.

Provision was made for the workmen's special services to the Royal Dockyard from Compton Lane End to Morice Square via Hyde Park (and probably North Keyham Gate) with the allocation of Route number "1A" and license number H.1327.

Replacement by Motor Buses, Monday April 11th 1932

The last tram on this service ran on Sunday April 10th 1932.  When motor buses replaced the trams on and as from Monday April 11th 1932, the route became Motor Bus Service "Lc".

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.