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Hearl and Tonks

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of Victoria and Albert Works, Sampson Road North, Birmingham

of Imperial Works, Upper Trinity Street, Birmingham (1896)


From 1887 a company (that later became Imperial Cycle Co) made bicycle fittings and, later, complete bicycles.

1892 The Hearl and Tonks Company was founded by Edward Henry Hearl and William Walter Tonks, a cycle manufacturer.

1896/7 Directory: Listed under cycles. More details

1896 Formation of the Hearl and Tonks Cycle and Component Manufacturing Co to acquire the business of Hearl and Tonks.[1]

1897 Company wound voluntarily up for re-construction. Thomas William Lench was chairman[2]


Acquired by Norman Tuckwood Downs, who established Imperial Cycle Co.

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Sources of Information

  1. St James's Gazette - Thursday 02 July 1896
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:20 August 1897 Issue:26884 Page:4684