Friday, 7 August 2020

Portsmouth Corporation Tramways & Swears and Wells

My best find yesterday was a Portsmouth Corporation Tramways livery button lying on the surface. Also 14 buttons, musket ball, pistol ball, old 50p, 2 Victoria halfpennies, 1 Georgian halfpenny, a George V halfpenny, a stair rod bracket, rolled lead and an idENTICHIP tag. So a normal day's detecting - nothing too exciting. A flock of Canada geese took exception to our presence in their field and departed.

Portsmouth Corporation Tramways was officially renamed the ‘City of Portsmouth Passenger Transport Department’ on 14th July 1936, barely 4 months before the last tram ran. (from

Nne of the 4 hole copper button reads: Swears & Wells 192 Regent St. from research: Swears & Wells was a department store at 192 Regent Street in London’s West End, established in 1816 by Frederick Swears and Thomas William Wells. The company achieved high-standing as a leather and fur retailer and maker of children’s clothing. The store continued until at least the mid-1970s. These are photos of the Regent St store and another Art Deco shop front in the Spitalfields area.

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