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Bettmann, Siegfried (1863–1951), cycle and motor vehicle manufacturer, was born on 18 April 1863 at Nuremberg, Bavaria, youngest of the eleven children of Mayer Bettmann and his third wife, Sophie Weil. Educated in Germany, he taught himself the linguistic skills which enabled him to take up clerical posts throughout ...

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Bowden, Sir Frank, first baronet (1848–1921), cycle manufacturer, was born on 30 January 1848 in Bristol, the son of William Bowden (d. 1866), a Bristol manufacturer, and his wife, Louise (d. 1879), daughter of Henry White of Bath. Bowden's grandfather had also been engaged in manufacturing in the ...

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Crane, Sir Edmund Frank (1886–1957), cycle manufacturer, was born on 21 November 1886 at 55 Cape Hill, Smethwick, Birmingham, the eldest of two sons in a family of six children of Edward John Crane, then a clerk, and his wife, Edith Maude Willmott...

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Godsal, Philip (1747–1826), coach builder, was born in London on 5 November 1747, the only child of Thomas Godsal (1716–1763) of Tewkesbury and his wife, Susannah (1723–1786), only child of Henry Lake, a London coach builder. Thomas Godsal took over his father-in-law's business but, following his own early death in 1763, ...

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Philip Godsal (1747–1826) by Alexander Pope, 1802 by courtesy of Philip C. Godsal

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Hillman, William (1848–1921), bicycle and motor vehicle manufacturer, was born on 13 November 1848 in Chapel Street, Stratford, Essex, the son of William Hillman, a shoemaker in Stratford, and his wife, Sarah Stichbury. He trained in the engineering works of John Penn & Co....

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Johnson, Denis (1759/60–1833), manufacturer of velocipedes and coachbuilder, is of unknown parentage. There is no record of his life until his marriage to Mary Newman, by licence of the archbishop of Canterbury at St Anne's Church, Soho, on 17 February 1792; the couple, who lived in ...

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Lawson, Henry John (1852–1925), bicycle designer and company promoter, was born at 1 Nevills Court in the City of London on 23 February 1852, the son of Thomas Lawson, brass turner and Calvinistic Methodist minister, and his wife, Ann Lucy, née Kent. Little is known about ...

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Lucas, Joseph (1834–1902), lamp manufacturer, was born on 12 April 1834 at Carver Street, Birmingham, the eldest son of Benjamin Lucas, a plater, and his wife, Catharine, née Ball. He received his basic education, probably only on Sundays, at a school attached to the church of the ...