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Edward Lisle

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Edward Lisle (1852-1921) of Sharratt and Lisle and the Star Cycle Co

See also: Edward Lisle: Brief Biography

The Lisle family came from Yorkshire. Edward's grandfather moved to Wolverhampton, and worked as a ledger clerk in Blakenhall. Two of his three sons, Richard and Thomas, ran a japanning and tin company in the area.

1852 Born the son of Richard Lisle and Phoebe his wife

1861 Aged 8, was living at 71 Park Street, Wolverhampton with his parents and family

Edward joined the japanning company with his brother Alfred OR worked on the railway with his brother.

1870s In his spare time he built a velocipede in the cellar of his father's house. He entered some of the races that took place in the grounds of the Molineux Hotel. Edward was very successful, riding a home-built machine, and this led to a demand for his cycles, which he started building to order.

1876 Edward Lisle started a bicycle manufacturing partnership with Edwin John Sharratt in Poutney Street [1] Sharratt and Lisle.

1876 Edward Lisle at the age of 24, started a bicycle manufacturing partnership with Edwin John Sharratt, called Sharratt and Lisle, with premises in Stewart Street. Edward's first bicycles were advertised in 1868 (sic).

1877 Married Sarah Ann Rollings (1859-1934) at Stafford

1879 Edwin left to form his own business.

1883 Edward Lisle continued to sell his machines under the Sharratt & Lisle name until 1896. He also produced large numbers of cycle components.

1891 Living at Eva Cottage, Cheque Street, Penn Fields, Staffs.: Edward Lisle (age 38 born Wolverhampton), a Cycle Manufacturer and Employer. With his wife Sarah A. Lisle (age 32 born Wolverhampton) and their children Edward Lisle (age 13 born Wolverhampton); Joseph Lisle (age 11 born Wolverhampton); Amy B. Lisle (age 9 born Wolverhampton); John Lisle (age 6 born Wolverhampton); Richard Lisle (age 5 born Wolverhampton); and Alexander Lisle (age 3 months born Upper Penn). Two servants.[2]

1896 Founded the Star Cycle Co Limited, with a starting capital of £120,000.

1896 Formation of the Presto Gear Case and Components Co which acquired the Presto Gearcase Co of Fleet Street, Coventry. The nominal capital was £30,000 and the directors were: C. E. Shaw, E. Lisle, E. A. Wilson, L. Johnson, A. Goodby, H. Lisle. The Secretary was E. White, 32 Stewart Street, Wolverhampton.

1901 Living at Waterworks Road, Tettenhall, Staffs.: Edward Lisle (age 48 born Blakenhall, Staffs.), a Cycle Manufacturer and Employer. With his wife Sarah Ann Lisle (age 42 born Wolverhampton) and their children Elizabeth Lisle (age 27 born Wolverhampton); Joseph Lisle (age 21 born Blakenhall, Staffs.); Amy Bestwich Lisle (age 19 born Blakenhall, Staffs.); Percy Goodman Lisle (age 8 born Penn Fields, Staffs.); Dorothy Georgie Lisle (age 6 born Tettenhall); Charles F. S. Lisle (age 4 born Tettenhall); Ethel Louise Lisle (age 2 born Tettenhall). Four servants.[3]

1921 February 14th. Died. He was found in the Staffordshire and Worcester canal, at Coven. His estate valued at £49,679 [4]

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Sources of Information

  1. Star Motorcycles [1]
  2. 1891 Census
  3. 1901 Census
  4. The Times, Friday, May 06, 1921