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Hudson and Co, of Excelsior Works, Selly Oak, and Bournbrook, Birmingham, manufacturers of bicycle rim tubing and seamless steel tubes.
1874 Insolvent. '...Proceedings for Liquidation by Arrangement or Composition with Creditors, instituted by James Hudson, of 90, Warstone-lane, Birmingham, in the county of Warwick, Greengrocer and Journeyman Tube Maker, formerly residing at 90, Warstone-lane, Birmingham aforesaid, and. carrying on trade in copartnership with William Field, at 16, Lionel-street, Birmingham aforesaid, under the style of Hudson and Co., as Tube Manufacturers....'
1882 James Hudson established the business.
1892 Company incorporated to acquire and continue the business of Hudson and Co. Owned several "valuable" patents.
1894 Taken over by the newly formed Cycle Components Manufacturing Co. 'HUDSON & CO. (LIMITED) was incorporated in the year 1892, for the purpose of acquiring, as a going concern, the business of Hudson and Co., manufacturers of Bicycle Rim Tubing, and of Seamless Steel Tubes. Included in this purchase are the valuable leasehold premises, known as the Excelsior Works, Selly Oak, and Bournbrook. The Selly Oak works have an area of 3,055 square yards. with an unexpired lease of thirty-eight years, the works at Bournbrook cover an area of 11,504 square yards, and have an unexpired lease of ninety-seven years...'