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.
Peter Tuffrey was born in Doncaster in 1953. He studied Fine Art at Doncaster College of Art and at Leeds University until 1974. He was the 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. Tuffrey is now working as a freelance writer and has produced over eighty publications featuring the Doncaster area as well as Nottingham, Sheffield and the Yorkshire area in general.
Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Extent: 144 pages
Illustrations: 232 black-and-white photographs