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Thomas William Blumfield

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Thomas William Blumfield (1870-1956)

1870 Born at Southampton and educated in Ipswich.

1883 Apprentice Popplewell Stoves.[1]

1889 Journeyman fitter Whitmore & Benjones.[2]

1890 Inspector for Works Coventry Machinists.[3]

1891 Living as a lodger at Brick Kiln Lane, Coventry age 21 (born Southampton, a Cycle Examiner, Turner and Fitter). He was staying with Isaac Woolgat, a Bicycle Polisher, and his family.

Gained several patents with Charles Garrard - see Blumfield and Garrard.

1891 – 5. A series of Patents developing and leading to the creation of the Electric Autocar, with C. R. Garrard. Labelled by many as being the “first motorcar to be produced in Coventry”.[4]

1892 Draughtsman Raglan Works.[5]

1894 Assistant Works Manager the Abingdon Works.[6]

1895 Assistant Works Manager Humber’s Ernest Street works.[7]

1896 The prototype Pennington motorcycle was built by Humber under the supervision of Blumfield.

1897 – 8. Blumfield Manufacturing Ltd.[8]

1899 Contracting engineers Moseley Birmingham and various other addresses.[9]

1903 The earliest motorcycle with the Blumfield name was known to have been running around Birmingham.

1908 Blumfield business established in Lower Essex St, Birmingham

1910 Blumfield Ltd. Lower Essex Street Birmingham. Development and production of a number of air and water cooled engines and frames. With entries in the Isle Of Man TT for 4 years. Blumfield Ltd continued without him till 1929, seemingly remaining dormant after the Great War.[10]

1911 Living at 108 Balsall Heath Rd, Edgbaston, Birmingham: Thomas William Blumfield (age 41 born Southampton), a Manager of Motor Engineering Works. With his wife Alice Blumfield (age 53 born West Drayton) and their children Thomas Frederick Blumfield (age 16 born Acocks Green), William George Blumfield (age 15 born Acocks Green), and Alice Winnifred Blumfield (age 14 born Coventry).[11]

1912- 22. Returned to work at the Abingdon Works.[12]

1923 Contracting engineers Hinks Building, Hockley Street.[13]

1956 Died in Birmingham[14]

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