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Wenlock Motors

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1913. 500cc. Exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum.
1913. 500cc. Exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum.

Wenlock were motorcycles assembled by Wenlock Motors of Hull, between 1912 and 1913.

They used mainly Precision and Arno four-stroke engines with Armstrong three-speed hub gears, but it is known that at least one machine had the 269cc two-stroke Villiers engine. Other components, typical of the era, would have been Saxon spring forks, Eisemann or Bosch magnetos and Brown and Barlow carburettors.

It is thought that only about a dozen machines were constructed before the firm closed down, probably due to the fact that difficulties with the delivery of bought-in parts hampered production.

1912 December. Advertisement. Wenlock Motors Ltd, Wenlock Street Works, Hull. Manufacturers of motor cycles, sidecars and specialities. Having taken over the business lately carried on by Mr. Whitting.[1]

1913 January. Advertising for a Motor mechanic. Wenlock Motors Ltd, Wenlock Street, Hull.[2]

1914 January. In Liquidation. Sale of Stock-in-Trade.[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. Hull Daily Mail - Wednesday 11 December 1912
  2. Yorkshire Evening Post - Tuesday 21 January 1913
  3. Leeds Mercury - Saturday 31 January 1914

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