Ernest Richard Shipton
Ernest Richard Shipton (1854-1923)
1883-1907. Secretary of the Cyclists' Touring Club
1905 Letter to The Times concerning motorcycling in Europe.
1911 Clerk to the Royal Automobile Club
1904 SHIPTON, E. R., Cyclists' Touring Club, Wapshott House, near Woking, Surrey. Car: Motor-bicycle. Hobbies: Cycling, golf, photography, fishing, boating, mechanics and motoring. Helped to start the Cyclists' Touring Club, of which he was appointed secretary in 1883, and which position he has retained ever since. First interested himself in motoring on the formation of the Self-Propelled Traffic Association, to the Council of which he was elected. Is editor of the Cyclists' Touring Club Gazette. Clubs: Camera, Cyclists' Touring, London Bicycle, A.C.G.B. & I. (Founder Member, Club Committee.) 
1903 Bio Note 
SHIPTON, E. R.- Born at Stroud on 10th April, 1854, was educated privately, and was in 1867 one of the pioneers in riding a bicycle. In 1878 he helped to start the B.T.C., now so well known as the C.T.C., of which in 1883 he accepted the secretaryship, which he still holds. Amongst his principal pursuits are cycling, golf, photography, mechanics, and automobilism. Mr. Shipton rides a motor bicycle, and first took an interest in self-propelled vehicles when the Self-Propelled Traffic Association was formed, under the presidency of Sir David Salomons, Bart., when he was elected to the Council of the same, and served thereon until its absorption by this Club. He is a Founder Member of the Club, being a member of the Committee since the start.
1911 Living at 133 Hopton Road, Streatham Common: Ernest Richard Shipton (age 56 born Branscombe, Glos), Clerk to the Royal Automobile Club. With his wife Henrietta Shipton (age 58 born Sherborne, Soms.) and their daughter Elizabeth Ann Shipton (age 53 born Bridgewater, Soms). One servant.
Sources of Information
- The Times (London, England), Friday, August 18, 1905
- Motoring Annual and Motorist’s Year Book 1904
- 1903/02/26 Automobile Club Journal
- 1911 Census