Book Review


“Royal Enfield – The Early History – 1851 to 1930”Automobiles, Cyclesand Motor Cycles
Author: Peter Miller
Designed and published by: FWtoC Publishing
Available only from Peter Miller, who will supply signed copies if requested.
Email: corgiking@aol.com
Hardback, 215 x 285mm, 280 pages, with over 350 photographs and illustrations
ISBN 978-0-85101-644-3
£30 plus p&p

The origins of Royal Enfield date to 1851 and the decision made by George Townsend to set up a needle manufacturing works at Hunt End, near Redditch.

By 1885, the company had commenced manufacture of cycles and cycle components to exploit the new bicycling craze.

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The expansion of the business created financial difficulties and provided an opportunity in 1891 for the factory to be taken over by Albert Eadie and Robert Walker Smith.

Eadie was claimed to be the country’s finest salesman and Walker Smith was a talented and innovative engineer – both men were keen to enter the cycle manufacturing industry.

Read more in the December 2019 issue of TCM – on sale now!

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