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Jonathan Couch, Cornwall. Before 1870
Jonathan Couch, Cornwall. Before 1870
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Edward Heath Rodd, England. Around 1879
Edward Heath Rodd, England. Around 1879
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Newquay Old Cornwall Society / Federation of Old Cornwall Societies dinner, Newquay
Newquay Old Cornwall Society / Federation of Old Cornwall Societies dinner, Newquay
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Bicycle (Velocipede or Boneshaker), Cornwall Works, Birmingham, England
Bicycle (Velocipede or Boneshaker), Cornwall Works, Birmingham, England
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Bicycle (Velocipede or Boneshaker), Cornwall Works, Birmingham, England Featured Print

Bicycle (Velocipede or Boneshaker), Cornwall Works, Birmingham, England

In September 1870, this velocipede was ridden by Sir Richard Tangye from Truro to Newquay, bringing the news of the Battle of Sedan to the town. Tangye's Cornwall Works in Birmingham built large numbers of velocipedes, paying a royalty to the French Velocipede Company in order to make the bicycles. The five sons of Joseph Tangye senior, an Illogan miner, commenced their engineering and manufacturing business together in Birmingham in 1856. James (1825-1912), the eldest, was very skilled with the lathe; Joseph (1826-1902) was the creative engineer; Richard (1833-1906) dealt with public relations and sales; George (1835-1920) was the businessman; while Edward (1832-1909), a Quaker, soon left to found his own business. Velocipedes, also known as Boneshakers, due to their iron tyres, were one of the many things that were manufactured at the Cornwall Works. The business also provided the hydraulic rams required to launch the Great Eastern, Brunel's ill-fated steel ship in 1857-1858, and to raise Cleopatra's Needle to its present position on the London Embankment in 1878. The first direct-acting steam pumps in Europe were made at the Cornwall Works in 1867 and the firm produced James Tangye's horizontal steam engines from 1869. By 1876 the firm employed 1300 workers. The Tangyes were also philanthropists and from 1880 were founders and major benefactors of the Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum and the Birmingham School of Art. TRURI : 1937.34

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