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Henry William James (1860-1905), Founder of James Cycle Co

c.1859 Born in Handsworth

1871 John James 40, engine fitter, lived in Birmingham with Maria James 39, Elizabeth G James 15, Annie M James 14, Henry W James 12, driller, John T. James 9, William T James 3, Ethel R James 5 Months[1]

c.1880 James started making his cycles about 1880 in a small factory in Constitution Hill, Birmingham.

1881 Henry James 22, machinist bicycle maker, lived in Birmingham with Caroline James 20, Caroline James 10 months[2]

By 1890 he had moved to larger premises in Sampson Road North, Sparkbrook, Birmingham

1891 Henry W James 32, cycle manufacturer, employer lived in Deritend with Caroline James 30, Caroline James 10, Lily James 5, Henry W James 3, Annie M James 1, Frank James 3 months[3]

1897 the James Cycle Company was incorporated.

However, he was a sick man and retired as Managing Director in 1898.

1901 retired engineer, lived in Aston with Caroline James

1905 Harry James died

1908 The Company built new works at Greet.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 census
  2. 1881 census
  3. 1891 census
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