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The glory days of Claud Butler, as with many other lightweight marques, were the mid-to-late thirties and the immediate post-war period.

This was a time when club cycling boomed in Britain and every town across the land had at least one active cycling club offering a full range of sporting, leisure and social activities.

Claud's finances were in a poor state and a large sum owing to the taxman put the final nail in the coffin. The Clapham Manor Street works closed in 1956, and so ended the Claud Butler empire and production of real Claud Butler cycles.

Claud Butler was a showman-entrepreneur who had grasped every available opportunity to promote and develop a successful business.

Lugless ‘welded’ frames were often regarded as an inferior alternative to lugged ‘brazed’ frames, as the lugless frames demanded less labour.