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New Beeston Cycle Co

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1899. Tricycle. Exhibit at Glasgow Museum of Transport.
1899. Tricycle. Exhibit at Glasgow Museum of Transport.

of Coventry, manufacturer of motorcycles.

1896 The New Beeston Cycle Co was formed by Harry Lawson; the first works to be taken over would be Quinton Cycle Co. In a P.S. to the announcement, Lawson said this was the last Cycle Co that he intended to be connected with[1]. First motorcycle produced by an English factory. Claimed that the British Motor Co had acquired 70 patents related to motor vehicles[2].

1896 Reynold's Newspaper pointed out that there was a boom in new companies asking for large amounts from the public but which received very much less in actual subscriptions; examples were given as the Great Horseless Carriage Co and New Beeston Cycle Co[3].

1896/7 Directory: Listed under cycles. More details

1897 W. Taylor covered 100 miles in three hours and 36 minutes on a motor safety bicycle. [4]

1897 EGM of New Beeston Cycle Co held with Rowland Hill, Chairman: company in voluntary liquidation for reconstruction; formation of 2 successor companies: Beeston Cycle Company, Limited, and the Beeston Motor Company, Limited[5]

Maker of cars from 1898 under the management of Samuel Gorton - see Beeston Motor Co. Made tricycles under a licence from De Dion-Bouton

1899 J. W. Roebuck gives talk to the Coventry Engineering Society.[6]

Traded to 1910.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Standard, 18 June 1896
  2. Daily News 22 August 1896
  3. Reynolds's Newspaper 12 July 1896
  4. The Autocar. 4th September 1897
  5. London Gazette 5 Nov 1897
  6. The Autocar 1899/05/13