1889 Swift Safety Crossframe (Coventry Machinists’ Co)

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The history of the Coventry Machinists Co is also the history of the cycle industry itself.

 

 

 

1889 Coventry Machinists Co ‘Swift’ Safety Bicycle

‘Model D’ Crossframe

30″ Equal Wheels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1887 SWIFT Coventry Machinists Co 12

SWIFT CROSSFRAME SAFETY 1888-1891

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1890 IRISH SWIFT SAFETY

1889 irish swift safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE COVENTRY CYCLE INDUSTRY

 

 

 

 

 

Extracts (available on google) from: ‘Critical Geographies of Cycling: History, Political Economy and Culture’ by Professor Glen Norcliffe

LOCATION: PRESTON PARK CLOCK TOWER

The terracotta Clock Tower in Preston Park had its foundation stone laid in 1891 and its formal unveiling ceremony on 17th June 1892. The tower was designed by Francis May, paid for by Edward White (whose initials EW adorn the tower), and the draughtsman for the plans was Eugenius Birch. Birch also conceived and designed Brighton Aquarium and was the architect responsible for the West Pier.