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PUBLISHED: 10:07 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:36 25 August 2010

AN EXHIBITION will highlight the centenary since trams were introduced to link a rural town to a major retail centre.

AN EXHIBITION will highlight the centenary since trams were introduced to link a rural town to a major retail centre.

The Eltham Society's annual photographic display due to take place on Saturday at St Mary's Community Centre is set to feature the advent of trams linking Eltham to Woolwich.

The first trams arrived from Woolwich on Saturday, July 23, 1910. Managed by the London County Council and powered by overhead electric cables, the first fares to Woolwich cost two old pence one way.

Exhibition organiser, John Kennett, said: "The idea was to develop Eltham which was just a village then, by linking it to the tram network. In those days there was a lot of farmland between Eltham and Woolwich, one of the stops just had a number it was that rural.

"Prior to 1910 most people would have taken the horse bus. The tram proved very popular for people wanting to go to Woolwich which had large department stores and a thriving market."

The exhibition has archived pictures up to 1952 when the introduction of busses killed off the tram link.

Mr Kennett added: "As trams were phased out across London, Eltham was the last to operate a tram service. Most of them were broken up at Charlton."

The exhibition runs from 10.30am to 4pm in Eltham High Street.


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