Bertram Aggleton moved  from Ramsgate (where he was living with his parents according to the 1911 census) to live close to his

  future wife (Florence Hodson) in Peckham  during 1912. According to RGA Bertram had met Florence on the promenade at

 Ramsgate a year or so earlier and apparently she had "quite taken his breath away".

 In the 1911 census Bertram was an Ironmonger's assistant in Ramsgate, but we don't know what his occupation was on moving to Peckham: 

we know he joined American Express as Secretary to the managing director but not if this was before or after World War 1.

The diary was  written up in one (or limited number of sessions) with the text continuous from one cycle ride to the next, presumably from
  notes made at the time. The text been broken up into the individual rides and dated.

The cycle rides started from Peckham.


The inside cover of the notebook includes a number for

the bicycle but no description of the machine.

By 1910 Raleigh Cycles were well established in Nottingham and  

were manufacturing over 50,000 cycles per year.

Cycling had become a major pastime with clubs set up everywhere

 Interestingly, Sturmey Archer were also well established in Nottingham 

producing gears for bicycles.

 Many of the rides describe stopping to light their acetylene 

lamps which is why the lighting up table is so important!

(The anorak bit: the light was produced by 

  allowing water to drip at a steady rate onto
Calcium Carbide. The chemical reaction
  between  the two produced  Acetylene gas 
which could then be ignited--in the same 
way as an oxy-acetylene torch)

 The rear cover of the notebook includes the costs of putting bicycles  onto the train. In 1910 a bill was passed by Parliament to improve

 the  facilities for cyclists to put their machines onto the railways because  of the huge interest in cycling.


Saturday 25 January

Introduction-first cycle ride to Bromley-15 mile round trip

1910 Triumph Roadster


The attached map is from a section of the Ordnance
Survey Map of 1913 at a scale of one inch-to-the-mile.

At this time roads were unnumbered and therefore the
traveller was dependant on the "fingerposts" at road
junctions. It is not surprising that on occasions BCA took
the wrong  turning and got lost!
Classification of roads started in 1913 but was not
completed until 1922 due to World War 1. Many maps did
not incorporate road numbers until at least a decade
later. The routes taken on BCA's cycle rides are therefore
subject to conjecture: in some instances
intermediate towns/villages are detailed giving a clerarer
idea of the route.

Click on map to view a larger version