The Annals of Riley: Part I The Formative Years

Here at BDRS we tend to associate the proper noun ‘Riley’ with attractive four-wheeled vehicles. However, if we were to trace the firm’s roots back to the tail end of the industrial revolution, we would find a prosperous weaving business.  Based at King Street, Coventry, the firm was established by a Mr William Riley (1826-1910) of Foleshill. By the early …