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Thomas Silver

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May 1903. With a Quadrant.
July 1903. With a Quadrant.

Thomas Silver (c1862-1938) of Quadrant and later the manufacturer of Silver motorcycles

1891 Married at Stepney to Rosa Howlett

1901 Living at 23 Bishop Road, Bristol: Thomas Silver (age 39 born Islington), Cycle Agent. With his wife Rose Silver and their five chiuldren.[1]

1903 June. 'If anything can bear testimony to the quality of the material employed in and the strength of the well-known Quadrant motor-cycles It undoubtedly is the ride that Mr. Thomas Silver, the Bristol manager of the firm, has just accomplished. He rode from John o' Groats to Land's End in 64 hours 29 minutes, starting on Thursday morning at 12, and finishing at 4.29 on Saturday afternoon — a distance of 576 miles — and this with bad roads and most unfavourable weather for quite half the distance. Mr. Silver was timed by an official of the Roads Record Association. It might be mentioned that Mr. Silver, previous to doing this ride, was rather severely knocked about owing to falls, and had only a few days' rest between.'[2]

1911 Living at 11 Greatheed Road, Leamington: Thomas Silver (age 40(sic) born London), Engineer - Motor. With his wife Rose Silver and four children.[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1901 Census
  2. Horfield and Bishopston Record and Montepelier & District Free Press - Saturday 27 June 1903
  3. 1911 Census