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Raglan safety cycle range

Raglan was a firm of cycle manufacturers once located in the Hillfields area of Coventry.

The business was first started as Taylor, Cooper & Bednall Ltd. in 1889 through the coming together of George Taylor, Caleb Cooper and Alfred Bednall. Taylor was known to have previously worked at William Hillman’s Premier Cycle Company, which is probably where he met both Cooper and Bednall.

They soon began making ‘Raglan’ and ‘London Raglan’ cycles at their large Raglan Works, and changed their name to the Raglan Cycle Company in 1896.

Three years earlier in 1892, a concept Garrard & Blumfield electric motor carriage was developed at the Raglan factory yet it never went into full production. Raglan themselves went on to produce a car of their own in 1899, but again, this was short-lived.

They built a 2hp motorcycle and forecar from 1902-1903, yet ultimately concentrated on cycle production throughout which lasted until around 1906.
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