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breakers



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where were these motorcycles made and what originally did the company make?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:01 pm    Post subject: Royal Enfield Reply with quote

I'm surprised there have been no answers from the many motorcycle enthusiasts in the club.The famous marque was manufactured in Redditch at Hewell Road where they also made the Royal Enfield pedal cycles.
As any old soldier will tell you the Lee-Enfield rifle,which was the original product although not manufactured at Redditch I understand, was the standard issue infantry rifle to the British Army during the 1st and 2nd World Wars.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Johnny for your reply to the question. You're correct . But just a bit more , I think we've all heard about the Redditch connection with monks, needles, water mills and motorbikes, but not so much about bicycles which pre dated the motorcycle.
In 1851,a businessman named George Townsend put up a needle making mill in Hunt End, Redditch. His firm was named “Givry Works”. After George Townsend died, his son George Jr. and his half brother brought into Givry Works and made a crude bicycle. It had an iron backbone, wooden wheels, iron tyres and pedals of triangular pieces of wood. George Jnr went on to invent a sprung saddle.
The company got into financial difficulties but was bailed out and later went on to become Enfield Manufacturing Co Ltd then later the Royal Enfield.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


Where is this small attractive disused church? The Ferry Inn is the local pub in the village
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Old Church in Alveston, not easy to find!
http://www.stjamesalveston.co.uk/stjameshistory
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:30 pm    Post subject: Question 71 Alveston Reply with quote

Thanks Dave, that's right the church is in Alveston which is just east of Stratford upon Avon on the banks on the River Avon. It's well worth a wonder around if you're passing. It is quite an unusual little village with some interesting tranquil spots along the river.
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