1914 Hazlewood Ladies Bicycle
‘Built as a Cycle should be Built’
I’ve added larger photos and more about the history of Hazlewoods Ltd at the Museum for Suffrage & Cycling.
I bought this lovely old Hazlewood ‘Grande’ Ladies cycle because I used to own a veteran Hazlewood motorcycle so already knew of the marque.
The company had a strong export market, so very few people have heard of Hazlewood in this country.
It’s amazing how many bicycle manufacturers were operating by the first decade of the 20th century.
What surprises me even more is how, when small bicycle companies ended production and closed down, within 10 years or so virtually all records and knowledge of them ceased to exist.
This can even be true of large manufacturing companies. In discussion with other enthusiasts, I’ve discovered that when a production company goes into liquidation, often within a week the factory has been cleared and stock scrapped or sold at auction.
Of course, bicycle companies have always had to operate in very competitive markets. The brands we’re aware of today are generally the successful ones. Usually that success means they branched out into motorcycle production, even if for a short time, or were bought out by a larger cycle concern.
The bicycle manufacturers whose histories are now lost are usually those with small workshops. Some were, for example, connected to a bike shop that decided to badge its own brand.
Over the winter I’ll be researching more of the ‘unknown’ bicycle marques and adding whatever details I can to this site.
My research takes me to local libraries, browsing old trade directories and old local newspapers and magazines that may carry adverts for cycle shops.
In the meantime, with this page on Hazlewood now installed on the internet for all to see, I hope this respected company has now been put ‘back on the map’ and as a result I can find more information to add in due course.
If you have any old ads, brochures, photos, or knowledge of the company to help me with this research, please feel free to email me:
The company started business in England in 1905 as Hazlewood Ltd, Albion Mills, West Orchard, Coventry and at Buckingham.
The company once claimed to be the largest motorcycle producer in Europe because they had such a large export business. They were actually better known in foreign countries than at home in England. They concentrated more on utility than on special sports machines, and although they built 250, 300, 350 and 500 J.A.P. engined singles, their greatest reputation was gained with big 500, 650, 750 and 1000cc Side Valve V-twin machines with own and J.A.P. power units. Production in Coventry ceased in 1922. The Buckingham site continued after 1922 to supply spares for existing models, but that too closed down soon after.
There appears to be some confusion over the spelling of the company name. It is often mis-spelt as ‘Hazelwood.’ Even the ‘Made in Coventry Motoring Association’ can’t seem to get it right.
As you can see from the poster below, and the emblem on the tank of the 1912 Hazlewood motorcycle, it is definitely ‘le’ not ‘el.’
1912 Hazlewood 300cc JAP engine.
I owned this motorcycle several years ago.
It’s now owned by my friend Pascal in France, and has had quite a bit of work done on it to improve its mechanical operation. The 3-speed Armstrong rear hub has been rebuilt, and it now functions well, with a clutch.There’s also a new magneto.
It’s the only known survivor of this model.
After I sold the machine, I was contacted by a grandson of the Mr. Hazlewood who built these machines!
Pascal reports that it starts easily, the engine is strong, and it runs well.
Here’s a period picture of a Hazlewood outfit