Cycle Sales and Repairs
There were two great inventions which affected directly people's domestic lives in the nineteenth century: the sewing machine and the bicycle. The mass production of these inventions changed the face of society to a remarkable degree. It was the bicycle in particular that enabled folk to travel greater distances in a shorter time. This is reflected in the parish registers, where clearly relationships sprung up between folk who lived relatively far from each other, eventually resulting in marriages or other job opportunities.
People were keen to be mobile and therefore purchasing a bicycle was important. Also cycling clubs were set up and the relevant literature on touring and maps was made available to the general public. This meant there was an ever increasing opportunity to earn money from selling bicycles and repairing them. The Forncett area was no exception.
The following names are closely associated with the business
of bikes, as they came to be called: ALDRIDGE, FOX and HUMPHREYS. ALDRIDGE had
his concern down near the 'Five Ways' in Low Bunwell. His tombstone (below) in Forncett
St Peter churchyard bears a permanent reminder of his trade.