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Williamson Tickets

mid 20th Century

Bus and tram tickets printed at North Mill Ticket Works.

The North Mill Ticket Works were begun by John Williamson in 1835. Initially, the business supplied tickets for local entertainment centres and pawnbrokers.

Gradually, the business took advantage of the transport networks and produced ticket systems for horse trams in Ashton, Oldham and Stalybridge and later the tram and local bus services to Manchester. In the 1920s the company began supplying tickets nationally to ballrooms and cinemas.

This small family business, later known as ‘Alfred Williamson Ltd’, grew into a company which printed tickets and ticket systems for use throughout England and as far away as Iceland and Africa.

The sign that hung over the entrance to the ticket works is also on display at Portland Basin Museum, along with a selection of tickets.