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Norman Motorcycle Collection


Brothers Charles and Fred Norman started their fledgling business before WW1 in Ashford, Kent and on return from war service formed the Kent Plating and Enamelling Co. in 1920 in their garden shed.

Dover Transport Museum

Dover Transport Museum,
Willingdon Road,
CT16 2JX


At their height, Norman’s were producing 5000 cycles, 600 mopeds and 60 motorcycles every week, employing 420 people and were the second largest employer in Ashford after the railway works. The factory finally closed in August 1961. This is the biggest collection of Norman motorcycles in Britain. The Norman Cycles Club is based at Willesborough Windmill in Ashford.

Curriculum Links

  • KS1: Local History, Significant Events
  • KS2: Local History, Britain 1901- Present Day, Forces, Mechanical Systems
  • KS3: Local History, Britain 1901- Present Day, Developments in Design and Technology, Materials and Components, Forces, Chemical Reactions
  • KS4: Metals and Alloys, Energy Changes in Chemistry



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