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Live in a piece of bicycle history

The Hopper Building in Barton-on-Humber is being converted into luxury apartments. In the late 19th Century, the Hopper Building was the admin centre running one of the biggest bike factories in the world, home to the Hopper bicycle. In 1910 F. Hopper & Co. bought the patents, trademarks and goodwill of the bankrupt Elswick Cycle Company of Elswick in Newcastle, and the world-famous Elswick-Hopper was born. This brand was later subsumed by the Falcon brand.
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Cycle repairer Fred Hopper started a manufacturing business in 1880. The business was later run from offices opposite the George Hotel with a state-of-the-art factory built on Marsh Road in Barton-on-Humber.

The conversion of the HQ of the Hopper empire building to 25 two-bedroom apartments, duplexes and split-level penthouses is being carried out by niche developer, Copperfield Developments.

Barry Smith, MD of Copperfield Developments said:

"We're very proud of the Hopper Building. It has a unique and important history and much of the original fabric of the building, such as the Edwardian joinery, quality brickwork, high ceilings and distinctive detailing has been retained."

Tel: 01652 637 850.


ELSWICK-HOPPER HISTORY:

http://www.geocities.com/.../CompanyHistory.htm

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