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Humber and Goddard

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of Nelson Cycle Works, Colwick, Nottingham

1892 J. Goddard, Works Manager at Humber's Beeston factory, left to found the firm of Humber, Cripps and Goddard (presumably with Mr W.F. Humber, only son of Thomas Humber, and R. Cripps) to make the Nelson cycle in Nottingham[1].

1893 The new John Griffiths Cycle Corporation took a sole agency from the company, makers of Nelson and Victor machines; Mr Cripps was said to be "one of the earliest champions"[2]

1894 Partnership dissolved as regards R. Cripps[3].

1895 50 Famous Nelson cycles, made by Messrs Humber and Goddard, advertised for sale at auction[4].

1896 Public company to acquire as a going concern the business of Humber and Goddard's Nelson Cycle Company; £85,000 capital; all the shares were offered to the market[5]; funds would be used to expand the factory. The business was founded by Mr W.F. Humber, only son of Thomas Humber, who would be general manager of the new company. He was joined by Mr J. Goddard who had been general works manager of Humber and Co, Beeston, and would be works manager of the new company. Philip Plater would be managing director[6].

1897 Second meeting of the company.

1898 Company subject to winding-up order by creditors[7].

1900 Factory at Colwick advertised for sale[8].

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Sources of Information

  1. Bartleet's Bicycle Book
  2. The Standard, 27 November 1893
  3. The Standard, 10 November 1894
  4. Nottinghamshire Guardian, 27 July 1895
  5. The Times, Monday, Jun 15, 1896
  6. The Morning Post, 15 June 1896
  7. Nottinghamshire Guardian, 23 July 1898
  8. Birmingham Daily Post, 14 April 1900