Rare bicycle from Harlow Museum wheeled off to Knutsford for repair

Entertainment / Thu 23rd Jan 2020 pm31 02:04pm

ONE of the few known survivors of the pedal-less forerunner of the bicycle has undergone expert repair and refurbishment by the Knutsford Penny Farthing Museum.

The Harlow Museum is home to the John Collins Cycle Collection, which includes a Hobby Horse created by London carriage maker Denis Johnson in 1819 reports the Knutsford

Denis made 320 of the machines, but two centuries on only 12 are known to have survived, one of which is at the Knutsford Penny Farthing Museum and another at Tabley House.

The Harlow Museum was seeking expert help to repair its Hobby Horse, number 225 of the 320 made, and sent the machine to the Knutsford museum because of the wealth of knowledge of bicycles by its founder, Glynn Stockdale.

Glynn offered to help after visiting the Harlow museum when he was in the area attending a funeral, and the Hobby Horse has been repaired by blacksmith Lawrence Clark and cabinet maker Richard Cooper.

Glynn said: “The Harlow museum couldn’t find anyone to repair the Hobby Horse, and were grateful we volunteered to help. Craftsmen of any type are in very short supply.

“Blacksmiths like the Clark family are very rare now, particularly people who can do delicate work, and the same goes for cabinet makers.

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