Liverpool Cycling 1887 – Walter Dutton p20

An evening cycle ride to the Ship Inn, Rainhill, 14th July 1887

The reference to ‘Swift’s’ is no doubt due to a Peter Swift having long been the landlord of the Ship Inn.  It perhaps says something about Walt’s presence in the world of cycling that he gives pace to the great Lawrence Fletcher.  Fletcher played a role in the formation of the Cyclists Touring Club in 1878, as well being a ground breaking member of the Anfield Bicycle Club.  His part in laying the foundations of cycle road racing in Great Britain is described in a well researched article for the Bone Shaker magazine by Anfield BC Archivist David Birchall.  For a recently published history of the club visit our webpage The Amazing Anfielders.