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Kirk and Merifield

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Kirk and Merifield, makers of bicycles, of Bradford Street, Birmingham,

See William Henry Merifield

1893 The firm of Kirk and Merifield started out making cycles.

1913 Started making bicycles under the Kirmer name and motocycles under the Arrow name were motorcycles produced from 1913 to 1917. The motorised version was powered by a 211cc two-stroke engine from Levis or Precision. It had a simple transmission and Chater-Lea fittings. After 1915 the machine was also sold, mainly in Australia, under the Kirmer label with a two-speed Burman gearbox.

1915 Kirmer motorcycles produced were from 1915 to 1917. The Kirmer name was also used for machines sold in Australia, where they were fitted with the Precision engine and a Burman two-speed gearbox.

1917 End of production of Arrow and Kirmer motorcycles.

1931 Bought the Swift Cycle Co name and moved Swift's production to their Birmingham factory.

1940 Kirk & Merifield (Proprietors of The Swift Cycle Co.) at 54, Macdonald Street, Birmingham.[1]

1941 Kirk & Merifield 113 Bromsgrove Street.[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Birmingham Mail - Wednesday 20 November 1940
  2. Birmingham Mail - Thursday 11 December 1941
  • 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