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This is an example of Southampton’s very own bike manufacturer. Ackland was based in Southampton from 1895 to 1936 and made Cycles. From about 1904 to 1925 it also made some motorcycles. The hubs, engine, gearbox were all bought in and assembled in the factory, based at 92 St Mary’s Road. The owner was William Charles Ackland (1871-1942) and his son was William George P Ackland (1903-1994)
This 1922 example exists in Southampton museum, and that is the extent of their knowledge. It has a JAP 680cc V twin engine, Sturmey Archer 3 speed box and carbide lighting. If you know any more about this make of bike, please let me know.

Many thanks to Martin Green for these pictures taken in the museum and to Mike Samways for the first picture that shows him riding the bike in 1971. It also shows Doug Dunford, Jimmy Graham on Doug’s Scott and Lord Strathcarron at the rear.

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4 Responses to “1922 Ackland”

  1. jeff stanfield on July 10, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

    great to come across this – he was my great grandfather

    • Hi there Jeff, I am envolved with Southampton Bike Night and we’re compiling a new website. If you have any information that you think would be of interest to the membership, please get in touch.

  2. Stuart Thomas on July 12, 2017 @ 10:19 am

    Terrific to come across this picture of my “Uncle Doug”. My middle name is in his honour as my dad, Charles Thomas, was a close friend of his.

  3. I have a photo of this bike being ridden by my dad, probably early 60″s, at Wilton, so a fab find..

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