Blazers and boaters for a day out with tricycle club

Members of the Southsea Tricycle Club on Southsea Common in 1888

Members of the Southsea Tricycle Club on Southsea Common in 1888

Alan Sanger and his cousin Audrey (with their backs to the camera) are in the centre of this historic blitz picture taken at Fratton.

Bomb site boy is revealed, 76 years after blitz on Portsmouth

0
Have your say

These doughty members of Southsea Tricycle Club are pictured on Southsea Common in 1888.

Blazers, boaters, pocket watches and Albert chains were obviously the order of the day for the three-wheeler men, who boast only one clean-shaven member among them.

Portsmouth cyclists in the Isle of Wight in 1897

Portsmouth cyclists in the Isle of Wight in 1897

Members of the Port of Portsmouth Bicycle Club, which was founded in 1879, entered into the spirit of things in a far more uniform way.

They were clad in dark blue serge tunics, knickerbockers, dark grey stockings and polo caps upon which was displayed their elaborate emblem.

And to continue today’s late Victoria cycling theme, the second photograph here shows Portsmouth cyclists on a day out at Lisle Court in the Isle of Wight in 1897.

When the first cycling clubs were founded they were men-only affairs and many did not allow women to join until the late 1920s.

However, here is a mixed bag of cyclists, young and old and of both sexes. The women of the group, with their high-necked blouses and long skirts, evoke comparison with Miss Violet Smith in one of Sherlock Holmes’s most baffling investigations – The Case of the Solitary Cyclist.

Back to the top of the page