Confused by Raleigh frame numbers

Phil may

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I've had this old Raleigh sports knocking around for a while. I thought I should attempt to date it but I'm having trouble. It looks like a 50s-70s model but the frame number has no letter prefix/suffix
 

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Phil may

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Frame number is 53607
 
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Phil may

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Thanks. I'm familiar with the SA dating system but this hub has no date stamp of any sort. Just the 0 that is crossed out to make a sort of 8
 
I was wondering if you could get a rough idea from the style of head badge ?
Nah, that won't help, they were using that head badge until the mid 80s on the better frames,

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SkipdiverJohn

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What about other parts such as the wheel rims? Raleigh weren't mere bike assemblers, like manufacturers are today. Pretty much every part of a really old Raleigh will have been made in-house, from raw materials, at Nottingham. If you can find other Raleigh stamped components, they may be dated.
I've got a couple of 26" steel rims as recent as 1989 that are stamped Raleigh Nottingham!
 
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