The historic tram shelter Photo: DDC

A spectacular restoration of a historic tram shelter to mark the 125th anniversary of the first tram journey in Dover has been completed.

A team from Dover District Council has repainted the iconic 1931 structure in Elms Vale in the original colours of the Dover Corporation Tramways to commemorate the milestone. 

A build-up of old paint has also been removed from the glass and final touches to the Grade II listed shelter completed. 

The first tram journey in Dover took place on September 6, 1897, when the tram system was only the second electrified tramway in the UK after Leeds, and the first in the south of England. 

It continued for almost 40 years until December 31, 1936, when it was replaced by buses. 

The work to the shelter, which is at the junction of Folkestone Road and Elms Vale Road, was sparked by a find at the town’s Grade I listed Maison Dieu, which is currently undergoing a £10.5 Lottery funded restoration

During the work, the project team uncovered the history of an unassuming room which was used as an electrical switch room.

Research has revealed it was once a hub of operations for the Dover Corporation Tramways. 

By Ed

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