The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s

20 September 2017

I thought we might have a bit more of Blatchford’s – ‘The Dangers of the Wheel’ from The Clarion 4 July 1896. He’s responding the Swiftsure’s optimistic claims. Winnie is his daughter Winifred.

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The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s

11 September 2017

I mentioned last week that – inspired by Swiftsure’s comments about the dangers of tandem riding in The Clarion, 4 July 1896. Blatchford himself – as Nunquam – contributed quite a long piece – ‘The Dangers of the Wheel’ in the same issue. This is how it ends. But don’t take it too seriously!


The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s

27 August 2017

This is from The Clarion, 4 July 1896.  Dangle was of course A M Thompson – a co-founder and virtual joint editor of the paper and also a librettist of a number of successful musicals of the Edwardian period, the most famous of which – and biggest hit – was The Arcadians. Blatchford himself –as Nunquam – had a longer piece – ‘The Dangers of the Wheel’ in the same issue responding to Swiftsure’s comments.  The mudguards which moved with the front wheel sounds a whole lot more dangerous to me!

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The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s

7 August 2017

One of the more exotic headings for the ‘Cycle Trifle’ feature from The Clarion 17 September 1898.

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The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s

27 July 2017

I think I may have used this extract from 6 August 1898 edition of The Clarion before. But if I can’t remember the chances are that you won’t either! 

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The Cinderella Clubs don’t need any introduction; they’ve appeared quite often in these extracts. Dr Richard Pankhurst was a barrister  (his doctorate was a LL D), He was an early supporter and legal advisor to Lydia Becker and the early women’s suffrage movement in the 1860s.   He married the subsequently much more famous Emmeline in 1878.  He was twice a candidate for the ILP and a lifelong inspiration his most radical daughter, Sylvia, who named her son after him.  Sadly, the latter, with whom I edited a book on Sylvia in the 1990s, died earlier this year.  In spite of  all this I was unaware of the Pankhursts’ Clarion Cycling Club connections.  Have a look at Sheila Hanlon’s website www.sheilahanlon.com and click on The Pankhursts.


The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s

11 July 2017

From 24 December 1898 edition of The Clarion. Don’t know exactly what the CVU was.

STOP PRESS: TJ solves the mystery. CVU is the Clarion Vocal Union. If they did do a performance at Malham Cove, that would have been tremendous.


The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s

3 July 2017

Swiftsure’s good advice on town cycling from ‘Cycling Notes’ 1 August 1896

But why ‘particularly ladies’’?