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Rudge-Whitworth

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Rudge-Whitworth Pocket Watch.

Bicycle and tricycle manufacturers of Spon Street and Coventry Works, Crow Lane, Coventry[1], and Birmingham.

General

1894 The company was registered on 9 October, to amalgamate the Rudge Cycle Co and the Whitworth Cycle Co. Directors are Charles Wallis, Alfred F. Bird, George Gordon Brodie, J. S. Taylor, Charles Vernon Pugh and J. Frederic Wright [2]

1896/7 Directory: Listed under cycles. More details [3]

1897 Producing 25,000 cycles a year at the Spon Street works (34 Spon Street[4]).

1912 Spennell's list them at 34 Hertford st, Coventry (Tel. 393) and as manufacturers of motorcycles. [5]

1914 Cycle, motor cycle and motor wheel manufacturers. Specialties: light bicycles, motor bicycles and detachable wheels for automobiles. [6]

1914 Rudge Whitworth Ltd (Motorcycle Garage) are listed at Scott Street, Cardiff. [7]

1927 Stand 23 at the 1927 Motor Cycle and Cycle Show at Olympia

1933 Receiver appointed to run the company as it was in financial difficulties[8].

1934 The business of Rudge Whitworth Ltd of Coventry and Birmingham was acquired by a new group; a company was being formed to carry on the business under the same name[9]. Rudge-Whitworth was the largest Coventry cycle concern at the time; it was taken over by the Gramophone Company[10].

1935 Private company.

1936 Good orders received at the Olympia Cycle Show; the Coventry factory was working at capacity; surplus work would be handled at EMI's Hayes plant[11].

1936 Their old factory in Reddings lane was taken over by MEM Co.

1939 Rudge-Whitworth moved to Hayes (Middlesex) and ceased to make motor cycles[12].

1943 Raleigh bought the whole of the issued share capital of Rudge-Whitworth Ltd[13], after which the name was used on a bicycle range for some time.

1961 Manufacturers of the "Rudge-Whitworth" cycle. [14]

Cars

Motorcycles

See Rudge-Whitworth: Motorcycles

Bicycles

  • 1896 Claim to have made 75,000 cycles this year

See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. Kelly's Directory of Warwickshire, 1896
  2. Birmingham Daily Post, Monday, November 5, 1894;
  3. Peck's Trades Directory of Birmingham, 1896-97: Cycles
  4. Peck's Trades Directory of Birmingham, 1896-97
  5. Spennell's Annual Directory of Coventry and District, 1912-13
  6. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  7. Western Mail Cardiff Directory 1914 Page 704
  8. The Times, 1 April 1933
  9. The Times, 28 March 1934
  10. History of Coventry [1]
  11. The Times, 5 December 1936
  12. History of Coventry [2]
  13. The Times, 12 June 1943
  14. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  • Wikipedia
  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • [3] Ian Chadwick's motorcycle web site
  • [4] Yesterday's Antique Motorcycles web site
  • [5] Cyber Motor Cycles web site
  • The Vintage Bike web site
  • [6] The Motorbike Search Engine
  • [7] Wikipedia on Rudge-Whitworth
  • Miller’s Price Guide to Classic Motorcycles
  • [8] Rudge Enthusiasts Club