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James Perkins

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Crownfield was a motorcycle produced from 1903 to 1904 by James Perkins of Leyton, London.

James Perkins (c1858-1929)

The machines were only made for two years and were designed for the female market, so therefore had open frames. The engine was a 2.25hp Kerry or Givaudan, inclined within the frame loop with a guarded top belt run to keep it clear of the rider’s attire.

1891 Listed at Wanstead as a cycle maker and employer.[1]

1900 Mentioned. James Perkins, a cycle dealer, 299, High-street, Leyton.[2]

1901 Living at 299 High-road, Leyton: James Perkins (age 41 born Hackney), Cycle Maker - Employer. With his wife Ellen Perkins (age 46 born Birmingham) and their three children; George Perkins (age 22 born Old Ford, Mddx), Smith; Jessie Perkins (age 19 born Old Ford, Mddx); and Jim Perkins (age 14 born Stratford).[3]

1904 'James Perkins, cycle agent, of 299 High-road, was summoned for failing to produce his licence on demand, when driving a motor tricycle, at Leyton'[4]

1929 November 29th. Died, of 455 High Road, Leyton. Probate to Ellen Perkins, widow, and Jim Perkins, engineer.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1891 Census
  2. Barking, East Ham & Ilford Advertiser, Upton Park and Dagenham Gazette - Saturday 30 June 1900
  3. 1901 census
  4. Chelmsford Chronicle - Friday 29 April 1904
  • 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