Liverpool History Society Questions

A selection of Liverpool history questions submitted to the Liverpool History Society

Arthur Abram cyclist and The Tricycle House

Hello there,

I wonder if anyone could shed some light on The Tricycle House and/or a cyclist called Arthur Abram, who broke the Liverpool to London tricycle record in the 1930s?

The house and an allusion to someone who could be Mr Abram are mentioned in a poem by Kenneth Rexroth, who visited Liverpool in 1949:

The great black psuedo classical
Victorian public buildings
Of Liverpool, bombed out shells,
Everybody too busy
To fix them up. So Rome died,
They were always going to
Get at the ruins next year.
Coal smoke and Spring move down the
Brick-lined gas-lit streets on the
Chill wind from the Mersey
“A Jew bloke, decent chap, yu know,
Runs a plice called Troicycle Ouse.”
Friendly as a six months pup,
Enthusiast for the adult
Tricycle, bronzed from tricycling
Over England. It is Peseach,
An austerity Passover,
With matzoth and fish and chips.

(Extract from The Dragon And The Unicorn by Kenneth Rexroth)

Any information would be gratefully received.

With thanks,

Phil Hearne

18/03/2011 Posted by | Arthur Abram cyclist and The Tricycle House | | 1 Comment