Book Review

Nigel Devereux
November 7, 2019

“Royal Enfield – The Early History – 1851 to 1930”Automobiles, Cyclesand Motor Cycles
Author: Peter Miller
Designed and published by: FWtoC Publishing
Available only from Peter Miller, who will supply signed copies if requested.
Hardback, 215 x 285mm, 280 pages, with over 350 photographs and illustrations
ISBN 978-0-85101-644-3
£30 plus p&p

The origins of Royal Enfield date to 1851 and the decision made by George Townsend to set up a needle manufacturing works at Hunt End, near Redditch.

By 1885, the company had commenced manufacture of cycles and cycle components to exploit the new bicycling craze.

The expansion of the business created financial difficulties and provided an opportunity in 1891 for the factory to be taken over by Albert Eadie and Robert Walker Smith.

Eadie was claimed to be the country’s finest salesman and Walker Smith was a talented and innovative engineer – both men were keen to enter the cycle manufacturing industry.

Read more in the December 2019 issue of TCM – on sale now!

About the Author

Nigel Devereux

Nigel Devereux is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, working in the School of English and Journalism. He has worked within the print publishing industry for 38 years. Nigel was editor of his hometown newspaper - The Horncastle News - from 1998-2001. Nigel is currently the Production Editor on The Railway Magazine, the UK’s biggest selling magazine for railway enthusiasts. He is also responsible for maintaining and updating several websites across the Mortons portfolio. 01507 529529 |

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