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Bowden Wire Co, of Pratt Street, Camden Town, London, NW
of Victoria Rd, Willesden Junction (1916)
1897 Incorporated as a limited company as E. M. Bowden's Patents Syndicate Co Ltd.
1901 Bowden Brake Co agreed to sell to the company the business of manufacturer of cycle brakes; the company granted rights to use the trade-mark on its products. The company produced its products for motorcycles, the Bowden Brake Co did so for push-cycles.
1907 Acquired the Barford Manufacturing Co
1909 Produced roller skates for a time but this venture was not profitable
1910 Re-registered as Bowden Wire Ltd
1913 April. Advert for speedometers. 
1914 Patentees and manufacturers. Specialities: wire mechanism and fitments chiefly for motor cars, motor cycles and aeroplanes. Employees 300. 
1914 Listed as Bowden Wire Ltd of 37, 39 and 41 Pratt Street, Camden Town, NW. 
1917 George Frederick Larkin left the company
1918 the Company was looking for new ideas to manufacture and invited Larkin to return but this did not happen.
1919 January. Advert for the Bowden Wire Mechanism. 
1922 Started production of JD motorcycles.
1926 End of production of JD motorcycles