Cycling around Canterbury, 1902

A map of hotels where cyclists might like to take a rest, and the roads they might like to travel.

You might also like to explore our heritage images of cyclists including this 1903 image of Mr W. Schwiegerhausen:

A young German journalist, who hails from Leigzig, Saxony, who is at present cycling round the world. Since March 10 1900, he has ridden over 36,000 miles. He arrived at Christchurch last Thursday. His contract is as follows:- To win a stake of £1250, provided by a newspaper company, the young journalist must circle the globe in the shape of a figure 8, across the five continents on his bicycle; he must interview three Kings, shoot a wild beast in each continent, write one hundred articles, take one thousand photographs, deliver one hundred lectures, and earn his expenses. Five years are allowed to finish the task, and in each place he has to obtain the signature of a leading citizen as a guarantee that he has paid a visit there. This is the first bicycle tour across the five continents, and Schwiegerhausen’s experiences are to be published in book form.”

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We have digitised a rather splendid 1902 publication Tourists’ guide to Canterbury.

I will share some of the interesting ads and pictures from it in a series of posts – there’s lots of information about local businesses and places in 1902.

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