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Manchester Cycle Manufacturing Co

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The Manchester Cycle Manufacturing Co Ltd of Belsize Works, Clayton Lane, Manchester

1898 Works advertised for sale: '....The premises have a ground floor area of 2,950 square yards, with frontage of 150 feet 10 inches on Clayton-lane, and comprise tool and fitting shops 179 feet by 120 feet, plating and buffing shops, enamelling place, joiners' shop, stores, private and general office, &c.. together with the plant and machinery, comprising 7in. double-geared slide srewcutting lathe, gap bed, 10 feet long; four 6in. ditto, beds 8ft. long; two 7in. double-geared hand lathes, on gap beds 7ft. long; thirteen 6in. ditto. each bed 6ft. long; twenty ditto, each on bed 5ft. long; two 5in. ditto, each on 4ft. bed; one ditto, on 6ft. bed; seven 6in. geared boring lathes, on 6ft. bed; one 7in. capstan lathe, 6ft. bed; one 6in. ditto, on 3ft. bed; small ditto, eight drilling machines, spindle profiling machine, two single ditto, six horizontal milling machines, small slotting three spokes screwing machines, eight polishing spindles, tuble and felloe bending machines complete, nickel plant with dynamo, range of five enamelling ovens, annealing furnaces, sand blast apparatus, four smiths' iron earths (by Carter), wrought brazing hearths, anvils and swages, 16 horse-power Otto gas engine, vertical steam boiler (3ft. dia. by 7ft. 6in. high), millwrights' work, steam and water piping and fittings, three 150-light gas meters, piping and fittings, vices, benches, hand tools and appliances, 5cwt. portable weighing machine (by Pooley), wood store racks, large assortment new stores and office furniture, two safes, and effects. The site of the works comprises and area 6,750 square yards. It is leasehold for the residue term of 999 years from the 1st. day of May, 1890. and subject to an annual ground rent of £50. For further particulars...'[1]

The Belsize Works was evidently taken over by Marshall and Co (of Clayton), who built motor vehicles there, eventually using the brand names Belsize.

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 23 July 1898