More history here at Classic Lightweights.
E G bates son managing the Barking Road, Plaistow, London
Shop in 1981, E G Bates was still building the frames out the back.
"Tearing along the traffic-burdened thoroughfare with staring eyeball and reeking frame, this insane demon shoots past men,woman and children, with nothing to announce his coming or mark his passage save a faint hum and a curl of dust." Letter to a Hawkes Bay Newspaper dated 9 December 1898