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Robert Cripps

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Robert Cripps (1858- ) of R. Cripps and Co and Humber, Cripps and Goddard

1858 Born at Tebworth the son of James Cripps, an Agricultural Labourer, and his wife Elizabeth

1884 Bob Cripps took part in the first Kangaroo 100 miles road race, on one of the new Humber rear-driven "safeties"; he started with the other competitors riding Kangaroos and finished in 7 hrs. 32 mins. 55 seconds, having sustained a broken crank due to a crash at 74 miles.

1885 May. Robert Cripps tried Humber's improved tricycle. "Handsome Bob" - as he was known - immediately discovered its advantages from a speed point of view; it became famous as the "Cripper" or "Humber-Cripper"[1].

1892 Foundation of Humber, Cripps and Goddard[2].

1893 R. Cripps was said to be 'one of the earliest champions' (of the cycle industry); his knowledge of machine building was said to be 'second to none'[3].

1894 Partnership of Humber, Cripps and Goddard dissolved as regards R. Cripps[4].

1894 R. Cripps was a cycle machinist at 26 William Road, West Bridgford.

1897 Home was at 26 Millicent Street, West Bridgford. Director of R. Cripps and Co.

1900 Member of management committee of the newly formed Nottingham and District Automobile Club.

1901 Living at 9 George Road, West Bridgford: Robert Cripps (age 43 born Tebworth, Bedfordshire), Cycle Manufacturer and Employer. With his wife Florence Martha Cripps (age 37 born Tipton).[5]

1903 Member of committee of Nottingham and District Automobile Club

1911 Living in Nottingham, Managing Director of Motor Garage and Dealer.[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. Bartleet's Bicycle Book
  2. Bartleet's Bicycle Book
  3. The Standard, 27 November 1893
  4. The Standard, 10 November 1894
  5. 1901 Census
  6. 1911 Census