of Enfield Works, Redditch, Worcestershire. Telephone: Redditch 121 (5 lines). Telegraphic Address: "Cycles, 'Phone, Redditch". (1937)
The company was established at the end of the nineteenth century in Redditch, Worcestershire. With its roots in needle-making, the company of George Townsend and Co was founded in 1880, as munitions and arms manufacturer. Best known for their motorcycles, they also produced bicycles, lawnmowers, stationary engines, and even rifle parts for the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield. This legacy of weapons manufacture is reflected in the logo, a cannon, and their motto "built like a gun, goes like a bullet". It also enabled the use of the brand name Royal Enfield from 1890.
In 1955 Enfield of India started assembling Bullet motorcycles under licence from British components and, by 1962, were manufacturing complete machines.
In the early 1890s Albert Eadie and R. W. Smith formed the Eadie Manufacturing Co in Hunt End, near Redditch.
1893 The Enfield Manufacturing Co. Ltd was registered to sell the Enfield bicycle, built by the Eadie Company.
1896 The New Enfield Cycle Co. Ltd was formed to take over all bicycle activities.
In 1897 that became the Enfield Cycle Co. Ltd. Eadie Manufacturing Co. then moved to other premises, and the whole of the Redditch works became the premises of the Enfield Cycle Co.
1890s In the early 1890s Albert Eadie and R. W. Smith bought the bicycle business of George Townsend near Redditch, to form the Eadie Manufacturing Co.
1896 The company was registered on 1 July as the New Enfield Cycle Co to take over from the Eadie Manufacturing Co, certain works for cycle manufacture.
By 1897 the company was titled Enfield Cycle Co Ltd and had moved to Redditch.
By 1899 they were producing a De Dion powered tricycle.
1970 The company ceased manufacturing.
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