Raleigh of Nottingham was for many decades the worlds leading manufacturer of bicycles. Here are some of the high points of a more than a century of bicycle manufacture.
|1886||Three Englishmen - Woodhead, Angois and Ellis - begin building bicycles in a small workshop on Raleigh Street, Nottingham.|
|1887||Alfred Milward Reynolds invents the process of butting (of tubes).|
|1888||Frank Bowden purchases the Woodhead/Angois/Ellis bicycle workshop on Raleigh Street and renames it the Raleigh Cycle Company. At this point there are about a dozen employees and production is three high-wheelers a week.|
|1889||Reynolds founds the Patented Butted Tube Company.|
|1895||British stockbroker Terah Hooley buys controlling interest in Raleigh.|
|1896||Fred Hanstock builds the first Carlton bicycles in Carlton, England.|
|1896||Raleigh has the world's largest bicycle factory, occupying 7 1/2 acres. There are about 850 employees and production is 30,000 units per year.|
|1902||Raleigh buys Sturmey-Archer.|
|1923||Patented Butted Tube Company name is changed to Reynolds Tube Company, Ltd.|
|1930's||Carlton bicycle factory moves to larger facilities in Worksop, England.|
|1932||Raleigh buys Humber Cycles.|
|1935||Reynolds 531 manganese-molybdenum ("mang-moly") tubing is developed.|
|1938||Raleighs first exported to Canada.|
|1943||Raleigh buys Rudge-Whitworth.|
|1953||Raleigh buys the Triumph Cycle Company.|
|1957||Raleigh buys BSA (Birmingham Small Arms).|
|1960||Raleigh and the Tube Investments Group (aka TI) merge, forming TI Raleigh.|
|1960||Raleigh purchases the Carlton bicycle factory in Worksop. Production of all handbuilt, Reynolds 531 frames are moved to Worksop.|
|1972||Raleigh opens factory in Waterloo, Quebec, Canada.|
|1974||TI Raleigh completes its Ilkeston factory. Specialty bicycle section (handbuilt one-of-a-kind frames) is moved from Worksop to Ilkeston.|
|1975||Reynolds 753 tubing is introduced.|
|1977||Reynolds Tube Company, Ltd. name is changed to TI Reynolds to reflect the growing diversity of the company's products.|
|1979||Production of Raleigh 531DB-tubed bicycles reaches 10,000 units a year.|
|1982|| Rights to the Raleigh U.S.A. name are bought by the Huffy Corporation. Better models from the Huffy era were made in Japan.
No more British-made Raleighs will be imported to the U.S. from this time forward.
|1984||Aboard Raleigh-badged bicycles, Team U.S.A. scores impressive victories at the Olympic Games. This marks the introduction of "funny" bikes.|
|1986||Huffy deal expires, Raleigh USA division of Tube Investments.|
|1987||Derby International Corporation, a multinational conglomerate, buys Raleigh from Tube Investments.|
The Nottingham Works in 1952, from the 50th anniversary Sturmey-Archer booklet.
This factory was torn down in 2002.