Catalogue description RALEIGH OF NOTTINGHAM

This record is held by Nottinghamshire Archives

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DD/RN/2 Returns, Certificates, etc.


DD/RN/3 Financial Records


DD/RN/4 Advertising, Marketing and Promotional Material


DD/RN/5 Presscuttings


DD/RN/6 Photographs and Negatives


DD/RN/7 Cycling History


DD/RN/8 Publications


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DD/RN/10 Legal Records


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Date: 1852-1998
Held by: Nottinghamshire Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

T I Raleigh Industries Ltd

Physical description: 14 Series
Access conditions:

Records are open for consultation unless otherwise indicated

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acc 2887, 4678, 6317, 6342.


Items deposited in the Nottinghamshire Archives Office by Mr R Jarvis, Managing Director, T I Raleigh Industries Ltd., via David Moakes, Head of Concept Design, 26 September 1983 and by Mr Mike Breckon, Marketing Services, T I Raleigh Industries Ltd., via Mr J Shelton, 1 March 1994

  • Bicycles
Administrative / biographical background:

RALEIGH : Principal Dates


1886 W A E Raleigh Street (Woodhead Angois & Ellis).


1887 The Raleigh Cycle Company - Russell Street.


1889 The Raleigh Cycle Company Ltd - Russell Street.


1892/3 A A Zimmermann 1893 'Zimmy' World Amateur, Champion.


1896 New Factory - Faraday Road, Lenton.


1900 'The All-Steel Bicycle'.


1902 Sturmey-Archer Gears.


1904 Raleignette.


1905 Motor Cycles produced.


1906 Robin Hood Cycle Co Ltd acquired


1914 Over 50,000 cycles produced.


1914-1918 400 Million parts for Forces (Munitions).


1920 The Nottingham presswork acquired.


1921 Sir Frank Bowden died.


1921 Motor Cycle Production resumed.


1925 Factory increased to 20 acres.


1928 114,072 cycles produced


1931 H O opened Lenton Boulevard


1932 Humber Ltd (Cycle Division) acquired.


1931/36 Safety Seven Cat.


1934 Raleigh Industries Ltd.


1936 Motorised production ceased.


1937 Invention of the Sturmey-Archer Dynohub.


1939 409,479 cycles produced.


1939/45 W W II Munitions production.


1943 Rudge Whitworth Ltd acquired.


1943 Gradual Payments (Nottm Ltd) acquired.


1946 Factory increases to 28 acres - 5,000 Employees.


1946 'Winkle' tricycle - first of the toy range.


1947/48 Boston USA Plant-Ral. Ind. of America Inc.


1949 Sen - Raleigh Industries of India Ltd.


1950 Raleigh Industries of South Africa Ltd.


1951 1,010,077 Cycles produced.


1952 Duke of Edinburgh opens New Factory - Now 40 acres, 7,000 Employees.


1954 Triumph Cycle Co Ltd acquired - REG HARRIS wins 4th Sprint Prof world Title.


1955 Raleigh Cycles Industries of Canada Ltd.


1957 20 acre Factory 3 opened by Field Marshall Montgomery.


1957 B S A acquired - inc Sunbeam New Hudson etc.


1958 1st Mopeds produced.


1960 T I Merged. Hercules, Phillips etc.


1965 R S W 16


1967 Moulton Cycles acquired.


1967 Cox of Watford acquired.


1968 Queen Elizabeth II visits Raleigh.


1969 Dreamline range of Prams/Pushchairs.


1970 Chopper (U K)


1970 Production ceased motorised products.


1974 Ilkeston Specialist Bicycle Unit formed.


1976 Grifter, Boxer, Strika.


1979 Prince Charles visit.


1982/3/4 BMX/Burner Boom.


1983 Head Office Lenton Boulevard Sold.


1983 Oct Head Office moved to Triumph Road.


1985 A T B's (U K). Boom Years - 1988/89/90.


1987 CENTENARY YEAR - Deboy International Control.


1989 F 1 sold.


1990 Princess Diana Visit.


1990 Oct/Nov Original F 1 demolished. Faraday Road to Lenton Blvd. - Now Non-Raleigh.


2003 Factory on Triumph Road demolished Production side moved overseas Head Office relocates to Eastwood.


2004 Raleigh Chopper re-launched

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