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1904. H. Martin Breaking a World Record.

Harry Martin shared premises at 137 & 139, Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon, with his father who made sewing machines

1903 H. Martin and Son, 137 & 139, Cherry Orchard Road. Pianoforte and Domestic Machinery Depot.[1]

1904-1906 Dealer in cars and motorcycle who made a few automobiles

1905 Advertisement. Hall and Martin 12hp car with Aster two-cylinder engine.[2][3]

1906 September. Makes attempt to take the six-hour record from F. W. Chase at the canning Town track but heavy rain forced a stop at five hours.[4]

1907 Dispute. Harry Martin of 146 Kingsway, Whitehorse Road, Croydon. Claimed against Guiseppe Vedast of 139 Cherry Orchard Road, motor car dealer, over the sale of the business. [5]

Martin were motorcycles produced from 1911 to 1915 and again from 1920 to 1921. The make was started by Harry Martin of Croydon, Surrey.

1913 Mrs E Martin was a musical instrument dealer at 137 & 139 Cherry Orchard Road[6]

1923 Harry Martin attempted to break records at the Southern Counties Cyclists' Union meeting at Herne Hill in a Morgan cycle car and a Martin motorcycle[7]


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Sources of Information

  1. Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette - Saturday 05 December 1903
  2. Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette - Saturday 25 February 1905
  3. Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette - Saturday 06 May 1905
  4. The Times (London, England), Friday, September 14, 1906,
  5. Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette - Saturday 17 August 1907
  6. 1915 Commercial directory
  7. The Times, Aug 18, 1923
  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9