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Bowden Wire

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August 1923. J. D. Motor Cycle
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Bowden Wire Co, of Pratt Street, Camden Town, London, NW

of Victoria Rd, Willesden Junction (1916)

1897 Incorporated as a limited company as E. M. Bowden's Patents Syndicate Co Ltd.

1901 Bowden Brake Co agreed to sell to the company the business of manufacturer of cycle brakes; the company granted rights to use the trade-mark on its products. The company produced its products for motorcycles, the Bowden Brake Co did so for push-cycles[1].

1907 Acquired the Barford Manufacturing Co

1909 Produced roller skates for a time but this venture was not profitable

1910 Re-registered as Bowden Wire Ltd

1912 Successful court action against the Bowden Brake Co for infringement of its trade-marks[2].

1913 April. Advert for speedometers. [3]

1914 Patentees and manufacturers. Specialities: wire mechanism and fitments chiefly for motor cars, motor cycles and aeroplanes. Employees 300. [4]

1914 Listed as Bowden Wire Ltd of 37, 39 and 41 Pratt Street, Camden Town, NW. [5]

1917 George Frederick Larkin left the company

1918 the Company was looking for new ideas to manufacture and invited Larkin to return but this did not happen.

1919 January. Advert for the Bowden Wire Mechanism. [6]

1922 Started production of JD motorcycles.

1926 End of production of JD motorcycles

1932 The scope of activities had expanded so the name was changed to Bowden (Engineers) Ltd[7]

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Sources of Information

  • AA. [1] Image courtesy of Aviation Ancestry
  1. The Times, 30 November 1912
  2. The Times, 30 November 1912
  3. The Autocar 1913/04/05 pXXIX
  4. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  5. Post Office London Directory, 1914
  6. The Autocar of 4th January 1919 p21
  7. The Times 7 August 1953