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Minstrel Cycle Co

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Cycle and motorcycle manufacturers

1903 of 21 Bishop Street, Birmingham[1]

1904 Mentioned in a court case and 'his brother' Henry Ransley, cycle maker, of Ilford.[2]

The company made 3 types of cycle: the Minstrel (a reference back to the preceding Bard company), the Rea (the name of a local river near the Works) and the Fiscal, a cheaper machine which could also be supplied unbadged so that retailers could apply their own transfers[3]

1905 Three Rea motorcycles took part in the London to Edinburgh Motorcycle Ride

1906 The Minstrel and Rea Cycle Co Ltd was incorporated

1916 Mention of Minstrel Cycle Co, Barn Street.[4]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1903 Kelly's Directory of Birmingham
  2. Chelmsford Chronicle - Friday 15 January 1904
  3. [1] Calthorpe history
  4. Birmingham Mail - Monday 21 August 1916