Papers of the Amateur Bicycle Club

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Half a box of photocopies of papers relating to the Amateur Bicycle Club, founded in 1871. Henry N. Custance was Hon. Secretary from the beginning until c.1903. By this time the Club was failing, and Algie Praed took over as Secretary as well as Captain. Correspondence in 1912 referred to the lack of interest in the Club and in 1929 there was further correspondence about winding it up and transferring its assets to the Metropolitan Hospital Sunday Fund as a memorial to Mr Custance. This was probably done. The papers include booklets of the rules, officials and members during the 1870s; correspondence, 1871-1904, 1912, 1929; details of club meetings and programmes of events, 1871-1904, invoices, 1874-1899; also menus, cartoons, press cuttings, etc., the Rules of the Dark Blue Bicycle Club, late 19th century; and an issue of Bicycling News, 2 February 1877.

Administrative / Biographical History

These are photocopies of the contents of a small deed box, sent to a godchild of Algie Praed, who took them to Sotheby's, where it seems they were bought by a Canadian, who has supplied the copies now held by the National Cycle Archive.


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by National Cycle Archive, 11 April 1995.

Other Finding Aids

An authority record exists for Amateur Bicycle Club (GB 152 AAR2210).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

Other deposits by the National Cycle Archive (MSS.328).

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