Trams

hosted by

Oakwood Church Leeds



Home Walk Around The Clock

By 1843 a twice daily horse-drawn omnibus service was being

operated between the toll bar at Roundhay (by Wetherby Road

junction with Elmete Lane) and The Black Bull at Leeds. In 1872 when Roundhay Park opened 100,000 people attended. Most of them would have had to walk miles from Leeds or ride unregulated waggonettes


By 1880 a more frequent horse drawn omnibus service was operating to the impressive new Roundhay Park entrance Lodge by the new road called Princes Avenue which had opened in 1878


In 1889 Leeds Corporation built a tram track from Sheepscar to

Oakwood. To return, the original steam-hauled tram route circled around the present site of Oakwood Clock. The trams were electrified in 1891 and by July 1897 the track was extended along the west side of Princes Avenue to a Terminus near Canal Gardens. Trams travelled between what are now avenues of trees


From 1913 to 1958 Oakwood Clock served as a tram shelter. It

remains a meeting point and resting place for residents and visitors


Tram rides might be for work, pleasure or to unplanned adventure





Notes


Download

Map of Oakwood - Section of Ordnance Survey 1893 PDF 0.8 Mb


Articles

Oak Leaves ODHS


Part One- Spring 2003

Getting to the Park

by Geoff Hall


Part Six - Autumn 2006

The Oakwood Tram Crash

by John Harrison


 Links


Contact

history@oakwoodchurch.info

More Local History Oakwood Clock

Oakwood Church Leeds




MP3

Marshall Capel “I can remember the runaway tram...it careered down Roundhay Road...left the tracks, and ran onto the main road. I can remember the white marks from the wheels that were left there for years afterwards. I remember them towing the tram back onto the rails to remove it...they were rockety – click, click, bang, bang.”

Marshall Capel Trams.mp3