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James Edward Tuke

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James Edward Tuke (1866-1946) of the Yorkshire Motor Co and later of the Yorkshire Motor Car Manufacturing Co

1890 Married in Bradford to Sarah Elizabeth Butterfield

1896 October. 'Considerable excitement was occasioned in Bradford by the appearance of a motor car. The vehicle is known as the Arnold car and belongs to Mr James Edward Tuke of Burleigh Villa, Harrogate, and Aldermanbury, Bradford. The car was occupied by two men and travelled swiftly and smoothly along the streets, a thin stream of smoke being emitted from the rear, smelling strongly of petroleum. To eyes unaccustomed to motor cars, the sight of the vehicle looked miraculous.'[1]

1896 December. Delivers lecture on horseless vehicles at Keighley Drill Hall. Full report.[2]

1897 October. Sale of business. 'Grocery, Corn, and Baking BUSINESS for Sale going concern at Otley ; good connection and well-equipped premises. Bakery, Shop, Warehouse, Stable, Horses, and Carts. Apply James Edward Tuke, 30, Aldermanbury, Bradford'[3]

1898 Demonstrates the Arnold motor-car at Keighley.[4]

1900 of Burleigh Villa, Harrogate (Director Yorkshire Motor Co)

1901 Living at 76 Franklin Road, Harrogate: James Edward Tuke (age 34 born Bradford), Produce Merchant manager and Motor Car Salesman. With his wife Sarah Elizth Tuke (age 32 born Bradford) and their three children; Christina Tuke (age 8 born Harrogate); Jeston Tuke (age 5 born Harrogate); and Margaret Tuke (age 4 months born Harrogate).[5]

1949 Death of his wife. 'Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Tuke, aged 80, wife of the late James Edward Tuke, of Welwyn Garden City, passed away on March 14th, at the home of her son, Paul Tuke, of 280 Stafford Road, Lichfield'[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. Bradford telegraph
  2. Automotor Journal 1897/01/18
  3. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 09 October 1897
  4. The Autocar 1898/01/02
  5. 1901 Census
  6. Lichfield Mercury - Friday 18 March 1949