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Vernon Cycle and Motor Co

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c1901 The company was formed by Frank Johnstone

1905 Partnership dissolved. '...Eliza Cleaver and Oliver Charles Perkins, carrying on business as Cycle Manufacturers, at 30, Earl-street, Coventry, in the county of Warwick, under the style or firm of the VERNON CYCLE COMPANY, has been dissolved by mutual consent...'[2] Gazette Issue 27840 published on the 29 September 1905. Page 14 of 67

1906 The Vernon Cycle Co mentioned with a Mr Johnstone who are witnesses in a murder case [1]

c1910 Started to produce cars and motorcycles and the name was changed to The Vernon Cycle and Motor Co

1912 Listed in Spennell's directory of Coventry as Cycle Manufacturers. [2]

1923 Company to close. '...the Company cannot by reason of its liabilities continue its business and that it is advisable to wind up the same and accordingly that the Company be wound up voluntarily....G. W. WARDLE, Chairman.'[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Saturday, Jul 28, 1906
  2. Spennell's Annual Directory of Coventry and District, 1912-13
  3. [1] Gazette Issue 32851 published on the 7 August 1923. Page 28 of 58
  • Coventry’s Motorcycle Heritage by Damien Kimberley. Published 2009. ISBN 978 0 7509 5125 9