Saunders and fortescue cycles Lewisham

Phil may

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Location
Hampshire
I'm.looking for information, especially photos of bikes made by Sidney Fortescue Hubbard between 1900 and 1941 when they stopped trading. They had 4 shops in Peckham, Croydon and Lewisham and are in various London phone directories up to 1941 when I believe the workshop was bombed.
 

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Cycleops

Guru
Location
Accra, Ghana
That's a lovely looking bike.
Are you sure they actually made the frames? I've never heard this name mentioned in regard to builders. They probably bough in the frames and put their name on them.
Someone else might have some information on them and might recognise the frame or that number. Be fun finding all the original parts as the wheels and chain set look to have been changed.
Nice find.
 
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Phil may

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Location
Hampshire
Hubbard lists his profession as cycle maker in the 1911 census, but there were severaframe builders in the locality at the tim . Holdsworth. claude Bulter I think
 

Cycleops

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Location
Accra, Ghana
He could of course have bought the frames in and assembled them then he would indeed be a 'cycle maker' and if you can't find any evidence that he actually made the frames this looks like the most likely scenario. This was quite common practice even amongst shops that did make their own frames.
 
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Phil may

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Location
Hampshire
Indeed. Identifying the maker will.probably be impossible I guess, which is why I would love to see another bike, or a sales catalogue
 

Cowthorpe

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My granddad mr Jones was manager of Lewisham Saunders and Fortescue and my father worked there too until it went out of business (about 1958?). Mr Clarke manager before that. I worked there in school holidays. They hand built bikes and had a machine to put spokes on wheels. My dad hand built a bike for my 14th birthday which I still have, unfortunately in poor condition.
 

Cycleops

Guru
Location
Accra, Ghana
What great information. How did you find this site? Did they braze the frames or was it just assembling the components? Love to see a photo of your bike even in poor condition.
Unfortunately the OP hasn’t been on here since February so we don’t know what’s happening to his restoration.
Welcome to the forum.
 

Paulus

Started young, and still going.
Location
Barnet,
My granddad mr Jones was manager of Lewisham Saunders and Fortescue and my father worked there too until it went out of business (about 1958?). Mr Clarke manager before that. I worked there in school holidays. They hand built bikes and had a machine to put spokes on wheels. My dad hand built a bike for my 14th birthday which I still have, unfortunately in poor condition.
Great information, I too would love to see a photo of your bike, whatever condition it is in.
 
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Phil may

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Location
Hampshire
I'm back, my Saunders is finished, I'll get some photos up. It's great to hear that there is another S and F bike. I too would love to see a photo, and would love to find out more
 
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