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

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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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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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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 ...

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Riley family (per. 1890–1969), of Coventry, bicycle and motor car manufacturers, were for several generations during the nineteenth century involved in the weaving trade in Coventry, weaving being one of the area's largest sources of employment. Thomas Riley, a weaver in Foleshill, near ...

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Starley, James (1831–1881), bicycle manufacturer, was born on 21 April 1831 at Woodbine Cottage, Albourne, Sussex, the fourth of five children of Daniel Starley (1804–1856), a farmer, and his wife, Ann Stenning (1800–1852). He began working on his father's farm when he was only nine but did not find agricultural labour to his liking so ran away to ...

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Starley, John Kemp (1855–1901), bicycle manufacturer, was born on 24 December 1855 in Walthamstow, Essex, the son of John Starley, market gardener, and his wife, Mary Ann Cippen. Starley won a grammar school scholarship and proved good at mathematics. His drawings of a steam engine with an oscillating piston so much impressed his uncle, the inventor and cycle maker ...

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Thrupp, George Athelstane (1822–1905), coach builder, was born on 16 July 1822 in Somerset Street, Portman Square, London, the second son of Charles Joseph Thrupp (d. 1866), coach builder, and his wife, Harriet Styan. A younger brother was Admiral Arthur Thomas Thrupp (1828–1889)...