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Rover: Cycles

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c1905. Rover Imperial Ladies Roadster. Exhibit at the Scottish Cycle Museum.
May 1923.
August 1923.
March 1925.

Note: This is a sub-section of Rover

April 1899. Ladies Imperial Rover.

1896 A public company, the Rover Cycle Co, was registered on 13 June, to take over the business of J. K. Starley and Co[1]. 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. [2]

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[3]

Designer Edmund W. Lewis joined from Daimler

Ernest Forrester joined as Chief Tester

1905 The company's name was changed in November from the Rover Cycle Co to the Rover Co.

1912 Listed in Spennell's directory of Coventry as Cycle Manufacturers[4]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. The Times, Monday, Jun 15, 1896
  3. Peck's Trades Directory of Birmingham, 1896-97: Cycles
  4. Spennell's Annual Directory of Coventry and District, 1912-13