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Henry Wadworth’s Penny Farthing

Ben Reeve | 12 months ago

I found this beautiful example of a penny farthing on a tour of the Wadworth Brewery in Devises. Henry Wadworth started the brewery in 1875 after spending 6 years learning his trade in London.

What is a penny farthing?

The penny farthing, also known as a high wheeler, has come to be one of the most iconic Victorian inventions. Its name comes from the front wheel resembling a large penny and the back wheel resembling a small farthing coin. It was gradually replaced by the so-called Safety Bicycle, which we now ride today.

Wadworth was also the first man to ride London-Bath, and he did it on a steel tyres bicycle with no saddle! No wonder he had no kids to pass the business on to!

Henry Wadworth's Penny Farthing

Ben Reeve

| 12 months ago

About this author:
Ben Reeve is the founder of Cycling Tips HQ, a site with simple tips to help you learn more about the incredible pastime of cycling. In 2017 Ben stepped down from running his cycling tips site and transferred the content over to the YJ Cycle Hub. Ben now runs leadingonyourfeet, a company working in leadership in retail.
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