Richmond’s early horse-drawn trams and motor buses

“The First Monarchs of the Richmond Roads” is a fascinating account of the early horse-drawn trams and motor buses which served Richmond and Kew in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Written by Fred Windsor, it was originally published in the 1995 issue (no 16) of our annual journal Richmond History. Fred records his personal experiences of riding on some of these early “bone-shakers”.

London United Tramways tram in front of tram shed, Kew Road, Richmond c.1900

Fred Windsor grew up in Richmond. His book Richmond BoyMemories of Richmond 1914-1933, published by the Society, is available from our online bookshop or from Kew Bookshop or the Open Book in King Street, Richmond.