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William Edward Hart

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1886 Bankrupt. Great Brick-kiln Street and Church-street, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. Brass and Iron Founder, and Bicycle Manufacturer.[1]

1889 The Hart tricycle was described in "Bicycles & Tricycles of the Year 1889" by Harry Hewitt Griffin[2]:

The Hart Direct Steering Roadster. The Hart Cycle Co, Great Brick-kiln Street, Wolverhampton. Built on the most popular lines, there is little special to notice. The three wheels are of uniform size-30in. Abingdon gear and axle bridge are used; the latter is a straight tube, and the four ball bearings are clamped to it, instead of being brazed, as is usually the case, so that they can be detached if need be. The frame is 'V' shaped, rendering it suitable to either lady or gentleman. Chain adjustment is effected by screwing up the shank of a 'V' shaped holder, which draws forward the bearing bracket. The brake is a lever plunger, the cranks are detachable, and the other details are as usual, the whole making a nice looking and cheap little machine at £18.10s.

The Hart Cycle Company later moved into a workshop in Darlington Street.


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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Gazette Issue 25566 published on the 9 March 1886. Page 34 of 58
  2. Hart [2]