The Publican, Harrier and Worshipful Master: An introduction to Balham CC founder George Huntley


We know from previous finds that George Huntley founded the club in 1897 and the Balham Hotel (now The Regent) was used as the club HQ from 1897 until 1926. Now, fresh research shows a man seemingly destined for the pub trade, well established in the Masonic lodges of South London and who had links to another legendary London sports club still going today. Continue reading The Publican, Harrier and Worshipful Master: An introduction to Balham CC founder George Huntley

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MEMORABILIA: 1932 Handbook reveals Balham CC’s all-star supporting cast


If cycling history is your thing then you’ll understand why at BCC Towers we got very excited seeing the names of WJ Pett, HW Bartleet and JCP Tacagni in a recently obtained 1932 Club Handbook. All three were major players in cycling at the turn of the 20th century and all three are listed as club vice-presidents. Continue reading MEMORABILIA: 1932 Handbook reveals Balham CC’s all-star supporting cast

The King’s Jester and the Balham Motor and Cycle Works


We’ve just got our hands on an old photograph of Balham High Road showing the The Dan Leno Motor and Cycle Works. With Dan Leno featuring in The Limehouse Golem, one of the major films of the year, we thought it timely to investigate the connection between Balham, Leno and Cycling and the story behind the shop that carried his name. Continue reading The King’s Jester and the Balham Motor and Cycle Works

Balham’s Bragg bursts onto cycling scene to make 1920 World and Olympic squads


Balham Cycling Club member Basil Bragg only took up cycling seriously in 1919, but within a year he had made the Great Britain road race squads for the 1920 Olympics and World Championships. A former Balham Club champion and honorary life member we’ve pieced together what we know about Basil, one of the most phenomenal talents of his generation. Continue reading Balham’s Bragg bursts onto cycling scene to make 1920 World and Olympic squads

Wills on Fire: South Londoner smashes coveted 60-in-60 motor-paced world record


In 1908 former Balham CC club amateur turned professional AE Wills broke the coveted motor-paced distance record of 60miles in an hour.
“I almost shudder when I think of my experience in that hour. I was like a man mesmerized, my actions being automatic. The vibration and rapid pedaling seemed to take all the life out of me”.
Here’s his story. Continue reading Wills on Fire: South Londoner smashes coveted 60-in-60 motor-paced world record

MEMORABILIA: 1958 Diamond Jubilee Dinner Menu with Club History 1897-1957


Here’s the 1958 Diamond Jubilee Dinner Menu. It includes an overview of the Club’s first 60 years, which is reproduced in full. A fantastic find in a quest to tell the story of the once famous cycling club. Continue reading MEMORABILIA: 1958 Diamond Jubilee Dinner Menu with Club History 1897-1957