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The Raleigh Cycle Company produced light delivery vans and bicycles at Nottingham from 1887. They also manufactured motorcycles from 1901 to 1906, 1920 to 1923 and 1958 to 1971 (see below).
1887 Based in Russell Street
Autumn 1888 - Frank Bowden, a lawyer and cyclist, visited the makers of his tricycle, Woodhead, Angois and Ellis of Nottingham, and persuaded the company to accept him as financial backer. Later that year, Ellis left the partnership.
1889 January The Raleigh Cycle Co was incorporated as a limited company.
1891 The Raleigh Cycle Co was registered on 12 December.
1891 Frank Bowden acquired a controlling interest.
By 1896 it was the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world.
1896 A new factory was opened in Faraday Rd, Lenton. On 4 March, a public company of similar name was registered to take over the old company's properties; the company was one of those promoted by E. T. Hooley ; Frank Bowden retained a substantial interest. A new factory was opened on Faraday Road, Lenton.
1898 3rd AGM. Lively meeting with questions being asked about Bowden's trip to Australia and his promotion of the products of the Gazalle Co
1899 In connection with the extinction of a debit to profit and loss and the absorption of another concern, reconstruction took place, the present company being registered on 15 February. 
1900 The "All-Steel Bicycle"
1901 First motorcycle constructed.
1903 Formation of Three-Speed Gear Syndicate
1905 Introduced motorcycles
1906 Acquired Robin Hood Cycle Co
1908 After another financial crisis, Bowden was prepared to secure the debts on his personal fortune only if he had complete ownership. The company went private.
1914 Raleigh bought the Armstrong Triplex Three-Speed Gear Co for £6000.
1915 Formation of the Raleigh Company
WWI: Munitions production
1920 Acquired Nottingham Presswork
1921 Sir Frank Bowden died; Harold Bowden took over. Motorcycle production resumed.
1922 The firm opened a large new extension of the works bringing up the annual capacity for 100,000 cycles, 10,000 motor cars and around 250,000 three-speed gears. The firm had found that the Germans, because of the low rate of exchange, could place bicycles on the British market at a price that was less than the cost of production in this country. The company's work people, in view of this fact, had consented to a reduction in wages, and the company had, in keeping with that sacrifice, agreed to make a 50 per cent reduction in its profits. With the assistance thus afforded, he hoped they would soon be able to work up towards their capacity, provided something was done to stabilise the foreign rates of exchange.
1929 Selling Sturmey-Archer engines to other makers and this practice lasted until 1933.
1931 Introduction of the Safety Seven car.
1932 Acquired the cycle division of Humber
1932 Acquired the cycle manufacturing assets of Triumph Cycle Co
1934 See Raleigh Cycle Co: 1934 Review.
1934 Public flotation of a new holding company: Raleigh Cycle Holdings Co Ltd of which there were 2 operating subsidiaries - Raleigh Cycle Co Ltd and Sturmey-Archer Gears Ltd; Raleigh had always manufactured the gears sold as Sturmey-Archer; the companies together had 4000 employees. Formation of Raleigh Industries
1936 Production of motorcars and motorcycles ended.
1937 See Raleigh Cycle Co: 1937 Catalogue
WWII Munitions production
1943 Acquired Rudge-Whitworth
1951 One Million cycles produced
1955 Sir Harold Bowden retired.
1958 Introduced mopeds
1960 Tube Investments acquired Raleigh Industries. The board of Raleigh, enlarged with a director of TI and the MD of British Cycle Corporation, would control all cycle, component and motorized activities of the TI group. 2500 models being made by the group for the home market.
1961 One of the largest manufacturers of cycles and cycle gears in the commonwealth. 8,000 employees. 
Early 1960s: at some point, TI/Raleigh turned down the opportunity of making the Moulton folding cycle .
1963 Total number of employees now 12,000, including those producing toys and mopeds .
1970 End of production of motorised products.
1974 Formation of Ilkeston Specialist Bicycle Unit.
1987 Derby International took control of the company
2001 Management acquired Derby Cycle Corporation and renamed it Raleigh Cycle Ltd.
2002 UK production ceased.
2003 Triumph Road factory demolished. Production moved overseas. Head Office relocates to Eastwood.