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J. Caffyn and Son

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of Ham Street village, near Ashford, in Kent,

See Joseph Caffyn

Orlestone were motorcycles produced by circa 1902.

The family had many interests and were bakers, merchants and agents as well as makers of cycles and motorcycles. Those machines made were basic primitives, with the engine hung vertically in the frame ahead of the pedals, a transverse fuel tank and braced forks.

The motorcycles were made in limited numbers.

1902 (Possibly this company - needs confirmation). 'A motor car factory at Marsh-street, Ashford, was destroyed by fire early on Wednesday morning. Several motor cars and other carriages were destroyed, damage being done to the extent of several thousand pounds. Fortunately, the show room, containing number of motor cars, was undamaged. The building destroyed had only recently been built.'[1]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser - Thursday 30 October 1902
  • 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