Motorbike invented in Erith - Thats correct folks! ... amazing but true ... something that we see around us was first made in good old Erith, Kent.

A gentleman by the name of Edward Butler built the first motorcycle in Erith in the year 1884! - thats a year before the "first" motor car built by the Now Famous Mr Carl Benz of Germany

Edward Butlers machine used a water cooled internal combustion engine, and a float type carburettor - many many years ahead of its time

Does anybody have any more information about Mr Butler? where was his workshop? where did he live in Erith - do any relatives survive?

Also ... should Erith make some kind of monument to Mr Butler? .... please let me know what you think

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