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The LONDON TRAMWAYS GUIDE for 1908 was the first comprehensive listing of tram services and of the places of interest served by LCC trams. The Guide contained 152 pages and was sold for 1d. The first part contained listings and photos of places of interest in London. The second section detailed LCC tram services which were referred to by route number (even though the numbers did not appear on the cars). It was not until 1912 that the familiar notation of even-numbered services south of the Thames and odd-numbered ones north of the River came into use.

From 1913 on, the LCC TRAMWAYS GUIDE & MAP used a standard format of a route map on one side and service and fare details on the other, which was repeated and updated until the end of tram operation by the Council. These maps were distributed in large numbers. By 1927 first and last car times and information on all-night routes was also included, as well as connections to neighbouring systems and through services. The Council’s final TRAMWAYS MAP AND TIMETABLE, issued in May 1933, also contained inserts for Croydon and the Kingsway Subway, as well as authorised extensions. The new London United trolleybus services were also included.

Robert Harley: LCC Electric Tramways

One year before the end: the LCC tramway system map from May 1932.

The London County Council Tramway’s MAP AND GUIDE TO CAR SERVICES. measure 18 × 11½ inches (46 × 29 centimetres) when unfolded. Examples from this era in good condition have been selling in the neighbourhood of £150.

OCTOBER, 1915.
OCTOBER, 1915.
OCTOBER, 1915.
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OCTOBER, 1915.
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▲ Although not all that apparent in the scans, this edition was printed on pink paper.

JANUARY, 1916.
JANUARY, 1916.
JANUARY, 1916.
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JANUARY, 1916.
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APRIL, 1916.
APRIL, 1916.
APRIL, 1916.
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APRIL, 1916.
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Following the Great War, the LCC produced a new style of map. It included details of all routes, plus times of first and last cars, etcetera. The size was changed to 16½ × 13 inches (42 × 33 centimetres).

SPRING, 1918
SPRING, 1918
SPRING, 1918
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SPRING, 1918
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1919
1919
1919
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1919
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The short-lived third style of LCC Tramways MAP AND GUIDE, from 1920 to 1922, was known as the “small-size” series. The maps folds out to 16" × 13" (40cm × 33cm).

1920-21
1920-21
20-21
1920-21
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◀ This edition featured a cover picture of a tram on the Embankment.

1921
1921

OCTOBER 1922
October 1922
OCTOBER 1922
inside
◀ The location of County Hall is very prominenetly noted inside this map.


May 1923

inside

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November 1923

20,752·11·23

inside

back


May 1924

November 1924


May 1926
Ken Wood
Services 3 5 7 11 15

(20266) ED.XVI.26.


May 1927

The Rookery, Streatham Common
Services 16 & 18

(22037) ED. V.27

November 1927
“Horse Guards” Whitehall
Services to Victoria Embankment



May 1928

Ken Wood & Hampstead
Services 3.5.7.11.15.25.

(23897)

November 1928
HORSE GUARDS WHITEHALL
Services to VICTORIA EMBANKMENT



May 1929
The Tower Tramways to Aldgate from North and East London, to Tower Bridge from South London


May 1930

November 1930
The Strand

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MAY 1931
MAY 1931
Greenwich Park Served by tramways from Victoria Embankment and New Cross, and from Tower Bridge and Dulwich.
NOV 1931
NOV 1931
VICTORIA EMBANKMENT via Kingsway Blackfriars and Westminster
NOV 1931
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MAY, 1932
MAY, 1932
BIG BEN & BOADICEA
MAY, 1932
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NOV, 1932
NOV, 1932
Lambeth Bridge
Services 12 14 26 31
◀ The penultimate LCC Tramways map to be issued—in November 1932—with an etching of Lambeth Bridge on the cover. Detailed maps are on one side, and full route and first and last tram times on the other.
There were two reprints of this map: in 1968 for Old Motor Magazine, and again ten years later for the London Transport Publicity Office. Both are easily identifiable by the monochrome (blue) cover illustration.

MAY 1933
MAY 1933

York Water Gate
(1626) Charing Cross
MAY 1933
inside
MAY 1933
back
◀ The LCC’s tram network was absorbed by the London Transport Passenger Board in July 1933, just two months after this map was issued; indeed later stocks of this map had an LT overprint, but this one does not. The cover shows the York Water Gate (“Now separated from the Thames by the Victoria Embankment & public gardens”) in Embankment Gardens. The reverse lists every tram route and gives times of the first and last cars.

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