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Trying to find Thomas Harold De Gruchy - Bicycle Maker
« on: Thursday 28 May 20 09:51 BST (UK) »
I am trying to find any details about Thomas Harold De Gruchy (b. 19 Oct 1873 in Stoke Newington, London).
I understand he was a bicycle maker in Leyton, east London and named his business the (New) Fillebrook Cycle Company which had premises at High Road, Leytonstone (abt.1901) and 224 Wood Street, Walthamstow (abt.1905).

What type of cycles did he make?

Later he was a Motor Car Agent and Repairer (1911) and died in Croydon in 1960.

Any assistance appreciated.
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Re: Trying to find Thomas Harold De Gruchy - Bicycle Maker
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 28 May 20 10:14 BST (UK) »
Are you looking just for details about his career or about his ancestors as well?. Sounds like a Channel Island surname
Berks / Oxon: Eltham, Annetts, Wiltshire (surname not county), Hawkins, Pembroke, Partridge
Dorset / Hants: Derham, Stride, Purkiss, Scott, Sibley
Yorkshire: Pottage, Carr, Blackburn, Depledge
Sussex: Goodyer, Christopher, Trevatt
Jersey: Fowler, Huelin, Scott

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Re: Trying to find Thomas Harold De Gruchy - Bicycle Maker
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 28 May 20 10:21 BST (UK) »
There's a newspaper report of him being bankrupt in June 1905
Berks / Oxon: Eltham, Annetts, Wiltshire (surname not county), Hawkins, Pembroke, Partridge
Dorset / Hants: Derham, Stride, Purkiss, Scott, Sibley
Yorkshire: Pottage, Carr, Blackburn, Depledge
Sussex: Goodyer, Christopher, Trevatt
Jersey: Fowler, Huelin, Scott

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Re: Trying to find Thomas Harold De Gruchy - Bicycle Maker
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 28 May 20 10:29 BST (UK) »
In March 1905 he is described as a motor manufacturer and is suing the owner of a waggon which collided with one of his cars being driven by a potential purchaser.

The June bankruptsy report references the Filleville cycle works.

You might find details of the types of cycles in newspaper ads prior to that business closing. But I don't think they are indexed, it would be a case of trawling through local papers on newspaper archive site or FindMyPast
Berks / Oxon: Eltham, Annetts, Wiltshire (surname not county), Hawkins, Pembroke, Partridge
Dorset / Hants: Derham, Stride, Purkiss, Scott, Sibley
Yorkshire: Pottage, Carr, Blackburn, Depledge
Sussex: Goodyer, Christopher, Trevatt
Jersey: Fowler, Huelin, Scott


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Re: Trying to find Thomas Harold De Gruchy - Bicycle Maker
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 28 May 20 10:54 BST (UK) »
1902 October. Move from Kirkdale Road to premises at 787 High Road, Leytonstone. https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Fillebrook_Cycle_Co

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Re: Trying to find Thomas Harold De Gruchy - Bicycle Maker
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 28 May 20 10:59 BST (UK) »
He is mentioned in https://www.theislandwiki.org/index.php/Descendants_of_Thomas_de_Gruchy_and_Marie_du_Feu
 https://www.theislandwiki.org/index.php/Main_Page  a gateway to two historical websites featuring the Channel Islands,

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Re: Trying to find Thomas Harold De Gruchy - Bicycle Maker
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 28 May 20 11:24 BST (UK) »
He appeared at the Old Bailey as a witness on 10th December 1900, "Thomas Harold De Gruchy at the Tilbrook Road Cycle House, Wanstead" https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?div=t19001210-90
It look as as though Fillebrook has been wrongly transcribed as Tilbrook
From the Probate Calendar, he died 9th July 1960, effects 11,445 2s 9d. Living at 8A Harewood Road Croydon.

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Re: Trying to find Thomas Harold De Gruchy - Bicycle Maker
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 28 May 20 11:31 BST (UK) »
I have already trawled google and have Graces Guide and Old Bailey info. I am trying to find more about his cycle business and what cycles he may have made.
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Re: Trying to find Thomas Harold De Gruchy - Bicycle Maker
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 28 May 20 11:50 BST (UK) »
The June bankruptsy report references the Filleville cycle works.

The official Bankruptcy Receiving Order in The London Gazette 2 June 1905
"de Gruchy, Thomas Harold (lately carrying on business as the Fillebrook Cycle Company "

 "Thomas Harold De Gruchy Howe Cottage, Woodford Wells, lately carrying on business at 787, High-road, Leytonstone, both in Essex."


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