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A look back at cycling from years gone by to get you in the mood for Pedal Norfolk festival

PUBLISHED: 08:21 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:21 26 May 2017

Cyclists in Norfolk. Picture: Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum

Cyclists in Norfolk. Picture: Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum

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These stunning archive pictures showcase Norfolk’s love of cycling from years gone by.

A young man believed to be the 5th Earl of Leicester sits in the grounds of Holkham Hall on a tricycle. Picture: Holkham ArchivesA young man believed to be the 5th Earl of Leicester sits in the grounds of Holkham Hall on a tricycle. Picture: Holkham Archives

With the popular three-day Pedal Norfolk festival starting at the Holkham Estate on Saturday, we hope these images get people on the mood.

One photo, from Holkham Hall, shows a young man sitting in the grounds on a vintage tricycle.

The estate says that while they cannot confirm it, they believe this may have been the 5th Earl of Leicester, Thomas Coke.

Another photograph shows a group of patriotic Brits setting off on a jubilee bike ride event in Holkham village with Union Jacks flying with them.

A group of cyclists set off for a jubilee event in Holkham. Picture: Holkham ArchivesA group of cyclists set off for a jubilee event in Holkham. Picture: Holkham Archives

We also bring a fantastic painting of Holkham village and highlights the local fondness for two wheels.

Also captured is scenes of cycling from years gone by in Dereham.

Sue Walker White, curator of the town’s Bishop Bonner’s Cottage museum, has pulled some fantastic vintage photographs from the museum’s archive.

In this first selection of pictures it is clear that bicycle manufacturing was a popular industry, with various small businesses competing against one another.

A painting of cyclists in Holkham village. Picture: Holkham ArchivesA painting of cyclists in Holkham village. Picture: Holkham Archives

Perhaps the most notable of these companies is the Humber cycles store.

Humber was a company that was famous for the manufacture of bikes that were so well made that they were known as “the aristocrat among bicycles.”

The company was founded in 1841 but thanks to the depression in the early 20th century the business suffered significant financial difficulties.

It closed in 1932 but for a brief time it was resurrected by Raleigh, who launched Humber Cycles as a premium brand in the 1960s.

Cyclists stand outside a Humber Cycles shop. Picture: Bishop Bonner’s Cottage MuseumCyclists stand outside a Humber Cycles shop. Picture: Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum

The final picture is the town’s team of postmen standing with their bicycles. Postmen on bikes were synonymous with the Royal Mail and British life for more than 120 years until all 25,000 British-made bikes were removed from service in 2014 because they couldn’t carry enough mail.

For more about the festival, go to www.pedalnorfolk.co.uk.

Lookout for our coverage online at the weekend and in print next week.

And tune in to the Mustard Show at 6.30pm on Tuesday, May 30 for more coverage from the festival.

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