For all those interested in Nottingham's manufacturing past and specifically
Raleigh, there is an hour long documentary on BBC 4 tonight at 9pm entitled
"Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story".
I shall be watching with particular interest as one of my ancestors started
another Nottingham Cycle company, namely The Campion Cycle Company. They
were, after Raleigh and Humber, the third largest cycle manufacturer in
Nottingham, and indeed when Humber closed their Beeston works around 1907
they became the second largest. Admittedly a long way behind the massive
Raleigh who gobbled up many of Nottingham's smaller companies (including
eventually the name Humber) but still the second largest. Campion was also
the biggest manufacturer of Motorcycles in Nottingham.
Having studied early cycle manufacturers in Nottingham through my research
into my Campion line I take issue with the pre-advertising of this TV
programme when it states that it all began in a back street in Nottingham in
1888. This is often regarded as the year that Frank Bowden first invested in
the cycle company that became Raleigh, by buying out the shares of William
Ellis. However the other two partners, Paul Angois and Richard Morris
Woodhead, had founded their cycle business on Raleigh Street, Nottingham
certainly by 1885. They moved to Russell Street by 1887 and were advertising
their product as The Raleigh Cycle.
I'm being a bit pedantic, but history is factual and dates are important. I
know from my research into Campions just how much mis-information there is
out there that is copied and repeated so often that it appears to be the
PS I have an illustrated talk on The Campion Story if any on this forum are
members of a Notts Local history society and could pass on this info to the
person who books speakers.