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Stanley Cycle Club

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The Stanley Cycle Club organised the world's first cycle show (cycle fair) at the Agricultural Hall in Westminster, London, in 1876. It was a great success and was thus repeated annually, although by 1892 the English 'National Show' in Islington had surpassed it. [1]

1878 'Eleven years ago the first exhibition was held in one small hall at the Atheneaum, Camden Town. (1889) [2]

Ed; There is conflicting information regarding the year of the first event.


The 13th Stanley Cycle Club exhibition on 27 January 1890 included 230 exhibitors and 1,500 cycles. (New York Times, February 1897).[3]

1889 Members include George Lacy Hillier, Robert Todd and J. H. Price.

1890. 27th January. The 13th Stanley Cycle Club exhibition was held, with 1,500 cycles of various designs and types, and 230 exhibitors

1893 Colonel Savile is President and J. Dring is the Secretary. [4]

1908 Stanley Club Dinner

1908 Stanley Club Dinner. [5]

The thirty-third annual dinner of the Stanley Cycle Club was held at the Hotel Metropole on Saturday last, and was attended by most of the leading members of the cycle trade, while prominent amongst the motor traders present we noticed:

Messrs. –

Mr. Robert Todd, the president of the club, occupied the chair.

The toast of the "Stanley Club" was proposed by Mr. G. H. Radford, M.P., and humorously responded to by the hon. secretary of the club, Mr. E. P. Hewkin.

Mr. Chas. Sangster proposed the toast of the "Stanley Show," to which Mr. E. A. Lamb,. secretary, replied, telling his audience that the forthcoming Stanley Show would be one of the biggest successes the club had achieved during the past five or six years. The Show would be specially interesting this year because of the improvements which would be shown, not only in cycles, but in motorcycles, in which department a great advance had been made since last year. The show would also have a good display of motorcars, and Mr, Lamb predicted that when the doors opened to the public next' Friday the Show would be a success.

List of Shows

See Also


Sources of Information

  2. The Engineer 1889/02/22
  4. The Morning Post, Saturday, November 18, 1893
  5. The Motor of 19th November 1908
  6. The Engineer 1889/02/22