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Tom Norton (1870-1955) of The Automobile Palace, Llandrindrod Wells. - later home of the National Cycle Collection
1870 September 6th. Born at Brynhyfryd, Newtown, N. Wales, the son of William Norton, a Farmer, and his wife Elizabeth
Pioneer cyclist and local business man, opened premises in the High Street Llandrindod Wells in 1899 selling Raleigh, Premier and Singer made bicycles; later he opened a large motor business in Temple Street. From new premises which he built in 1919, The Automobile Palace, he sold cycles, motorcycles, motor cars and even aircraft.
1901 Boarder at Station Crescent, Earlsfield, Llandrindrod Wells: Tom Norton (age 30 born Newtown, Monmouthshire), Cycle Factor - Employer. Also John Norton (age 21 born Newtown, Monmouthshire). In the house of Joseph Price and family.
1913 Produced an automobile