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1896 A public company, the Rover Cycle Co, was registered on 13 June, to take over the business of J. K. Starley and Co. Directors: F. D. Dixon-Hartland, Alfred H. Griffiths, Richard R. Beard and J. K. Starley. The works consisted of three factories and a floor area of more than 40,000 square feet. 
1896 Other records say Harry Smith was MD at this time
1896/7 Directory: Listed under cycles as Rover Cycle Co. Limited of Meteor Cycle Works
Ernest Forrester joined as Chief Tester
1912 Listed in Spennell's directory of Coventry as Cycle Manufacturers