Roger Armstrong Talk at Omnibus Arts Centre


Clapham and the Bicycle

Claud Butler Bicycles Catalogue
The cover of a 1939 catalogue of Claud Butler bicycles

Clapham has a little known but important place in the early history of the bicycle. There were several local manufacturers, the earliest (whose machine was appropriately called the Pioneer) in 1879. Perhaps the best known was Claud Butler, operating from Manor Street between the Wars. Clapham Society member Roger Armstrong, cyclist and historian, will tell the story.

The talk will be on Monday evening,  19th May at Clapham’s arts centre, Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QW.


The bar at Omnibus will be open from 7 pm, and the talk will commence at 8 pm and will include some time for questions and discussion. The bar will remain open after the meeting.

Meetings are free and open to non-members, so please bring your friends along.