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Harris Cycle Co

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1899. Harris Royale Ladies Cycle.
July 1907.
1908. The Harris Master-Piece.
1908. Harris Light Roadster Cycle.

Harris Cycle Co, Hill Cross Works, Upper Well Street, Coventry.

Walter Tatlow was the owner and William H. Harris was the managing director and the company was known briefly as Harris and Tatlow. Possibly Joseph Henry Harris was involved but this needs confirmation.

1896 November. Advertisement for a 'smart young man' for cycle manufacturer's office. Quick at shorthand and a good typist. Knowledge of French preferred. Apply Hill Cross Works. (no company name).[1]

1897 July. Advertisement for a Junior Clerk. Hotchkiss, Mayo and Meek, Hill Cross Works, Coventry.[2]

1899 February. Advertisement for an office boy. Harris Cycle Co, Spon Street.[3]

1901 February. Description of a Harris cycle with patent bottom bracket.[4]

1901 March. Advertisement for an Enameller. Harris Cycle Co, Hill Cross Works.[5]

1901 April. Advertisement for an Iron Polisher. Harris Cycle Co, Hill Cross Works.[6]

1901 June. Advertisement for a Wheel Truer. Harris Cycle Co, Hill Cross Works.[7]

1902 April. Advertisement for a Brasier. Harris Cycle Co. (no address).[8]

1902 September. Assault charge. 'Frederick Boazman, The Jetty, Broad Street, was summoned by Augustus Magson, of 10, Stoney Stanton Road, for assaulting him. Defendant pleaded guilty. Mr. Martin, appearing for complainant, stated the facts of the case. The evidence, as given by Magson, was that complainant, who is works foreman at the Harris Cycle Company, had instructions to dismiss the defendant one morning. He did so and paid him off at the same time. On returning from dinner on his bicycle, complainant was met by defendant, who knocked him off his machine and broke a valuable meerchaum pipe he was smoking. Defendant expressed his sorrow. He was fined 5s. and costs, or 14 days' in default.'[9]

1902 November. Advertisement for a Strong Youth. Harris Cycle Co. (no address).[10]

1902 December. Advertisement for a Polisher. Harris Cycle Co, Hill Cross.[11]

1903 February. Advertisement for a Finisher. Harris Cycle Co, Hill Cross.[12]

1903 March. Advertisement for a Youth. Harris Cycle Co, Hill Cross.[13]

1903 September. Harris Cycle Co, Upper Well Street, summoned for a breach of the Factory and Workshops Act.[14]

1903 September. Advertisement for a Youth. Harris Cycle Co, Hill Street.[15]

1904 Listed as 'Harris Cycle Co Limited, (William H. Harris, managing director), Upper Well street.'[16]

1910-11 Coventry was a motorcycle produced and was first seen in late 1910 and was typical of the period. It had a 3.5 hp engine, belt drive and sprung forks.

1917 January. Coventry Military Tribunal. Harris Cycle Co appeal for release from military service for W. M. Payne, age 41. It was stated that there were only three men of military age left in the works.[17]

1917 June. Harris Cycle Co, Upper Well Street, fined for having an unscreened window at midnight.[18]

1918 April. Offering a typewriter for sale. Harris Cycle Co, Upper Well Street.[19] [20] [21]


In the 1911 census

  • 12 Upper Well street is a large boarding house occupied by Albert John Summerfield, a gardner, with his wife, three children and seven boarders
  • 10 Upper Well street is occupied by William Green, a Blacksmith

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Friday 06 November 1896
  2. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 07 July 1897
  3. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 21 February 1899
  4. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Thursday 14 February 1901
  5. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Friday 15 March 1901
  6. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Thursday 11 April 1901
  7. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 11 June 1901
  8. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Friday 18 April 1902
  9. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Monday 29 September 1902
  10. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 19 November 1902
  11. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 31 December 1902
  12. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Monday 23 February 1903
  13. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 11 March 1903
  14. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 09 September 1903
  15. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 16 September 1903
  16. 1904 Kelly's Directory of Warwickshire
  17. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Friday 12 January 1917
  18. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Saturday 02 June 1917
  19. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Monday 22 April 1918
  20. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Monday 29 April 1918
  21. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Monday 06 May 1918
  • 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
  • Coventry’s Motorcycle Heritage by Damien Kimberley. Published 2009. ISBN 978 0 7509 5125 9