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Gough Brothers

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Gough Brothers, Joseph and Thomas, traded from works that were located at the junction of Wolverhampton Street and Wellington Road, Bilston, West Midlands.

of Birmingham

1892 The company started trading. They produced a range of bicycles including the Midland Mail.

1896/7 Directory: Listed under cycles. More details

1901 They also built a number of powered machines - in 1901 they produced the Minerva Motor, using a Gough frame and Minerva engine and which had a top speed of 30mph, and sold for £38.7s.6d. There was also the Components motor tricycle which had a 2.25h.p. engine, and sold for £75. A motorised quadricycle version was also produced, which sold for £105. The machines were very expensive and not many were produced.

1903 The company closed

Joseph Gough

Joseph Gough was born in 1868, and died in 1941. He was a prominent member of the Bilston Bicycle Club.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • [1] Wolverhampton Heritage and History Society
  • [2] All Motorcycles Ever Made - Worldwide
  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9
  • Peck's Trades Directory of Birmingham, 1896-97: Cycles