MAKERS: RUDGE & RUDGE-WHITWORTH Cycle Co

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Dan Rudge was one of the founders of the British cycle industry. After forming the Rudge business, he died on 26 June, 1880. His widow ran the company until November 1880 when it was sold to George Woodcock and amalgamated with the bankrupt businesses of Haynes & Jefferis and Smith Starley & Co. to form the Tangent and Coventry Tricycle Co.
The combined business relocated and traded at Ariel Works, Trafalgar Street, Coventry, Warwickshire, in 1880. In 1885 the business was transferred into a private limited company called D. Rudge & Co. Ltd.
In May 1891 George Woodcock (b.1836) died. This coincided with a reduction in trade as although Rudge had a good name its sales were low as the models were dated. The company was rescued by the Whitworth Cycle Co in 1894, to form Rudge-Whitworth Ltd. Until 1896 there was a combined catalogue showing Rudge-Whitworth, Rudge and Whitworth machines.

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Items in this Collection

1871 Starley Ariel 05

1873 Starley Ariel

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1876 James Starley Tangent-Spoked 48 inch Ordinary 05

1877/1878 Haynes & Jefferis ‘The Tangent’

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1879-Coventry-Rotary-Tricycle-05

1879 Coventry Rotary Tricycle (Reproduction)

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1888 Rudge Bicyclette Dwarf Safety Roadster with Spring Fork

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1888 Rudge Royal Crescent Tricycle

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1888 RUDGE ROYAL CRESCENT TRICYCLE

1888 RUDGE ROYAL CRESCENT TRICYCLE VIDEO

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1890 Rudge Bicyclette Diamante 05

1890 Rudge Bicyclette Diamant No 2

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FOR SALE 1891-Performers-Pneumatic-Penny-Farthing-18-1

1891 Performers’ (Trick Riders’) Rudge Pneumatic Ordinary

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1891 Rudge Bicyclette Diamant 05

1891 Rudge Bicyclette Diamant ‘Modele H’

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1893 Rudge Racer 05

1893 Rudge Racing Safety (Model D)

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1895 Rudge-Whitworth No 3 Road Racer

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1896 RUDGE WEDGE 05

1896 Rudge-Wedge No 21 Full Roadster

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1897 Rudge Wedge 05

1897 Rudge Wedge Roadster

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1898 Rudge Wedge 05

1898 Rudge-Wedge No 21 Full Roadster

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1901 Rudge-Whitworth Light Roadster Tricycle 

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1901 Rudge-Whitworth No 31 Special Lady’s Tricycle

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1903 Rudge-Whitworth Lady’s ‘No 2’ Aero-Special

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1902 Rudge-Whitworth No 1 Aero Special 05

1903 Rudge-Whitworth No 1 Aero-Special

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x1904 Rudge-Whitworth Racing Tandem 18

1904 Rudge-Whitworth Racing Tandem

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1905 Rudge Whitworth 05

1905 No 2 Aero Special Rudge-Whitworth

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1906 ‘No 30 Special’ Rudge-Whitworth Light Roadster Tricycle

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1906 No 2 Aero Special Rudge-Whitworth 05

1906 No 2 Aero Special Rudge-Whitworth

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1906 Rudge-Whitworth ‘No 23’ Special 05

1906 Rudge-Whitworth ‘No 23’ Special

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1907 Rudge-Whitworth Ladies Tricycle 05

1907 Rudge-Whitworth Tricycle: No 31 for Ladies

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1908 Rudge-Whitworth No. 2 Aero-Special Lady’s Bicycle

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1909 Rudge-Whitworth No 27 Crescent Road Racer 02

1909 Rudge-Whitworth No 27 Crescent Road Racer

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1909 Rudge-Whitworth No 61 Crescent Lady’s Bicycle

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1910-Rudge-Whitworth-No-24-Special-Road-Racer-05

1910 Rudge-Whitworth No 24 Special Road Racer

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1910 Rudge-Whitworth Aero Special Path Racer 05

1910 Rudge-Whitworth No 4 Aero Special Path Racer

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1910 Rudge-Whitworth No. 341 Aero-Special ‘de-Luxe’ All-Weather Full Roadster

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1911 Rudge Whitworth Track Racer 05

1911 Rudge-Whitworth ‘No 4 Aero Special’ Track Racer (ex-Works)

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1911 Rudge-Whitworth Aero No 4 20″ Track Racer (ex-Works)

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1912 Rudge Ladies 05

1912 Rudge-Whitworth Lady’s Bicycle (Red)

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1912 RUDGE CRESCENT 05

1912 Rudge-Whitworth No 61 Crescent Lady’s Bicycle

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1912 Rudge-Whitworth No. 3 Aero-Special Roadster

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1914 Rudge-Whitworth Munitionette 0

1914 Rudge-Whitworth Lady’s Crescent (WW1 Munitionette)

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1914 Rudge Sussex Battalion 05

1914 WW1 Rudge-Whitworth Service Roadster: Royal Sussex Cyclist Battalion

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1921 Rudge Whitworth Aero 05

1921 Lady’s Rudge-Whitworth No. 7 Aero-Special

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FOR SALE 1921 Rudge Whitworth Gents 05

1921 Rudge-Whitworth No 1 Aero Special Roadster

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1922 Rudge Whitworth 05

1922 Rudge-Whitworth No. 1 Aero-Special ‘All-Black’ Featherweight Roadster

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1922 Rudge-Whitworth No. 2 Aero-Special Lady’s Featherweight

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1924_Rudge_01

1924 Rudge-Whitworth DeLuxe Lady’s Bicycle

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1924 Rudge-Whitworth Gent’s No 6 Sporting Aero Special with Sloping Top Tube

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1925 Rudge-Whitworth No 28 Lady’s Standard Bicycle

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1927 Rudge Whitworth No 5 Aero-Special 05

1927 Rudge-Whitworth ‘No 5’ Aero-Special Speed Iron

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1928 Rudge-Whitworth No 28 Lady’s Standard Bicycle (with Coupled Brakes)

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1929 Rudge Whitworth No 36 All-Weather Model (Aero Special)

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1929 Rudge-Whitworth No 28 Lady’s Standard Bicycle    

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1931 Rudge Model 30 Sporting Roadster 05

1931 Rudge-Whitworth ‘Model 30’ Sporting Roadster

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1931 Rudge-Whitworth Celerity 05

1931 Rudge-Whitworth ‘Model 38’ Celerity Lightweight

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1932 Rudge-Whitworth Gent’s Crescent Sporting Roadster

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1937-Rudge-Whitworth-05

1937 Rudge-Whitworth Light Tourist Model 57

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1937-Rudge-Whitworth-Roadster-04

1937 Rudge-Whitworth Roadster Model No 78

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1947 Rudge-Whitworth De-Luxe Tourist Policemen’s Bike

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1960s Rudge-Whitworth De Luxe Roadster Export Model (Red)

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1968 Rudge Whitworth All Chrome 05

1968 Rudge-Whitworth ‘All-Chrome’ Roadster

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RUDGE-WHITWORTH BICYCLE MUSEUM

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