Object of the week – 24 to 28 June

At the heart of Redbridge Museum is a unique collection of over 7000 objects, oral history and film. Once a week we will be selecting one object from Redbridge Museum’s collection to share with you online.

Redbridge is proud to be involved in the Tour de France, the world’s largest annual sporting event, which is taking place in London on Monday 7 July 2014, passing through Redbridge at approximately 2.40pm. 

This reminds us of another historic cycling event that started on the 23 June 1883 in Woodford named the ‘Woodford Cycle Meet’.

Hundreds of cyclists in elaborate costumes on decorated bikes rode through the streets of Woodford and Wanstead, cheered on by thousands of local people. At this time, cycling was hugely popular with both men and women joining in the new craze.

The Woodford Cycle Meet aimed to raise money for local charities and hospitals. It continued to run every year until 1914, the year the First World War started.

Our Object of the Week is a beautiful hand water-coloured print featuring five scenes from the Woodford Cycle Meet. To find out more visit Redbridge Museum 2nd floor, Redbridge Central Library.


Title – Hand coloured  print Woodford Cycle Meet

Associated Dates – 1900s

Location – On display at Redbridge Museum

Opening times – Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm & Saturday 10am-4pm

Post Author: A. Deo



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