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Osbourne Brothers, Princess Works, Lincoln
From: Richard Tann Mon 30 Jan 2012 18:27
Does anyone know anything about the Osbourne brothers who made various designs of drive pulley for belt driven motorcycles in the period 1900 - 1910. They went on to make the Osbourne motorcycle with a J.A.P. or Peugeot engine. Ryle Samuel Osbourne and his father, William Henry Osbourne, the Vicar of Stainton, were very active in the business at this time. RSO later moved to Birmingham and joined forces with J Taylor, the Peugeot engine importer.
They had a business address in Rosemary Lane, and Princess Works was in Monk's Road, Lincoln. There are plenty of press cuttings and adverts in period publications, but they don't tell the whole story.
I am researching and restoring a Peugeot engined motorcycle that I believe came from this enterprise.
Thank you for reading this, and the use of your message board.

richard.tann (at)
Osbourne Brothers, Princess Works, Lincoln
From: Jane Keeling Fri 22 Aug 2014 15:44
Hello Richard. I am the daughter inlaw of Ryle Samuel Osborne's daughter. We are currently working on the family tree and came across your message. Can I be of any help to you ? Regards Jane K.
Osbourne Brothers, Princess Works, Lincoln
From: Richard Tann Fri 5 Dec 2014 13:33
Sorry, I overlooked this response to my post. I gave my email address in the hope that readers would contact me direct.
I would be very pleased to share information on RSO, and if possible, find out more about his business relationship with J Taylor.
The restoration of my RSO built motorcycle is finished, it's roadworthy, and runs well.
Thanks again for the use of this message board.

Osbourne Brothers, Princess Works, Lincoln
From: Peter Jones (--@--.--) Tue 11 Aug 2015 10:52
I am a great nephew of RSO being a grandson of his older brother Charles Henry. I have been in contact with Richard Tann previously and I believe that Jane Keeling has been in contact with my son Steven.
Firstly let me correct a spelling mistake; the correct spelling is Osborne as given by Jane.
Secondly if Jane would like to contact me we could possible assist each other with our research.
Peter Jones

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