On This Day: ‘Velocipedes’

From the Buxton Advertiser, 28 August 1869:

VELOCIPEDES

On Thursday night about 9pm there was a disturbance in Spring Gardens, caused by the velocipede riders.  T. Widdowson, blacksmith, met and upset a velocipede, whereupon the whole of the brigade came down upon him, threatening vengeance.  Widdowson was obliged to obtain the assistance of neighbours and police to protect him from his excited assailants.  It appears strange to us that the authorities do not attempt to abate this velocipede mania.  After dark the streets are not safe, the velocipedes interfering with the comfort and safety of everybody.

The County Local Studies Library holds the Buxton Advertiser from 1855-1879 – just ring to book a microfilm reader.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “On This Day: ‘Velocipedes’

  1. “Velocipede” is a welcome addition to my vocabulary. I had been hoping it meant giant mutant centipede, but wikipedia says it means a person-powered land vehicle.

    • Whilst not reportage of a ‘Them’-style invasion, I’m still quite taken with the idea of Victorian cycle gangs terrorising the streets of Buxton.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s