Webpage created: May 21, 2016.
Webpage updated: May 21, 2017
FORE STREET TO PENNYCOMEQUICK
Route numbers were unknown in Old Devonport until after the amalgamation with Plymouth.
The Route ran form Fore Street to Paradise Road - Wilton Street - Stuart Road - Borough boundary at Pennycomequick.
Work started on constructing the tramways in 1899 at Camel's Head but some road works were required to be done first. One of them was the widening of the road outside Stoke Damerel Parish Church. The Company were required to obtain a "faculty" from the Church of England authorities to permit them to take away part of the burial ground and to remove the porch of the Church. This caused considerable delay and as a result the work was not expected to be completed before the end of May 1901. The inspection by the Board of Trade took place on Tuesday June 11th 1901 and the official opening of the system, before the completion of the Devonport Corporation sections, took place on Saturday June 25th 1901. Public services commenced on Whit Monday, June 27th 1901. The initial fare was one penny for the whole of the journey.
The Devonport & District Tramways Company continued as an independent company until October 2nd 1915, when Plymouth Corporation Tramways Department took over its lines and those owned by Devonport Corporation following the amalgamation of the Three Towns in November the preceding year. This resulted in a junction being laid in at Pennycomequick that enabled trams to run straight through from Plymouth to Fore Street from October 23rd 1916.