Sunbeamland

Sunbeamland

Sunbeamland was where it all began. This was the site of Richard Perry Son & Co’s Jeddo Works, founded in 1790. John Marston purchased this business in 1871. It went on to become the home of Sunbeam bicycles and motorcycles until 1937.

The factory is in the triangle formed by Jeddo, Paul and Pool Streets, Wolverhampton. These streets are on the corner of the Penn Road (A449) and the Wolverhampton city ring road.

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Photographed on 28 April 1998.

The corner of Pool and Paul Streets, viewed from the car park in Church Lane. Pool Street runs left to right across the photograph.

The corner of Pool and Paul Streets, viewed from the car park in Church Lane. Pool Street runs left to right across the photograph.

Looking down Paul Street towards the Penn Road.

Looking down Paul Street towards the Penn Road.

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The view down Jeddo Street towards the Penn Road.

The view down Jeddo Street towards the Penn Road.

Looking back down Pool Street now. This is the corner of Pool and Jeddo Streets.

Looking back down Pool Street now. This is the corner of Pool and Jeddo Streets.

An illustration of the factory from a 1914 catalogue. This is the junction of Pool Street (to the left) and Paul Street (to the right). Just to the right of the Sunbeamland sign, in Paul Street, is a doorway. This is the doorway pictured in my second last photograph. There's a bit of artistic licence involved here. From Robert Champ's Illustrated History of Sunbeam Bicycles and Motorcycles.

An illustration of the factory from a 1914 catalogue. This is the junction of Pool Street (to the left) and Paul Street (to the right). Just to the right of the Sunbeamland sign, in Paul Street, is a doorway. This is the doorway pictured in the third photograph above.
There’s a bit of artistic licence involved here. From Robert Champ’s Illustrated History of Sunbeam Bicycles and Motorcycles.

 

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