Ashford, Kent
Updated 7.3.2012                           Click on images to see larger view

    Founded as a small frame making business in the 1910s as the Kent Plating & Enameling Co by Charles and brother Fred Norman. By the 1930s they were producing complete bicycles and were renamed Norman Cycles.
    In 1953, Tube Investments acquired the company as part of the B
irmingham Cycle Combine which included brands such as Sun, Armstrong and Hercules.  Raleigh, including Sun and Phillips, were also acquired by T.I. who then focused all their bicycle interests in Raleigh. The Ashford factory ceased production in 1961.  The brand continued under T.I. Raleigh until 1963.   


Bicycle head badge

1960s ad featuring Wally Summers, Norman sponsored Champion who ended up in the USA in his later years.


1960 Ad in Cycling...
The fine print reveals that this maker had come under ownership of T.I. Raleigh Industries by this time.

 Dallas Blair's 1950s NORMAN 
as seen at 2012 Cirque du Cyclisme


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