SECOND EDITION 1989
stepney. [f. the name of Stepney Street, Llanelli,
the place of manufacture.]
spare wheel for a motor vehicle, comprising a ready-inflated tyre on a spokeless
metal rim, which could be clamped temporarily over a punctured wheel. Also stepney wheel. Now Hist. exc. in Bangladesh,
India, and Malta, where = any spare wheel.
3 Dec. 4/3
The popularity of the Stepney Wheel has never been more clearly demonstrated than
at the Olympia Show.
G. K. CHESTERTON
Alarms & Discursions
Then he said, ‘And I left the Stepney behind.’
5 Jan. 4/7
Wales claims the origin of the ‘stepney’, the spare wheel and tyre.
7 Aug. 9/2
None of your detachable wheels, rims, or Stepneys!
22 July in J. Lees-Milne
(1980) xvi. 376
[In Berlin he was like] a stepney wheel of a car that is seldom taken out of the
(ed. 13) xi. 196
With the introduction of pneumatic tyres came the puncture, and soon the ‘Stepney’
appeared: a spare rim and tyre fitted with clamps.
11 Nov. 653/1
After jacking up the car, one of them turned to me and said: ‘Have you a Stepney?’
‘Yes, in the boot,’ I answered... It takes an old Edwardian like me to know that
a Stepney was an attachable wheel-rim, which came in about 1907 and went out about
ten years later. You wouldn't hear the term in England now, but in Malta it is
the ordinary word for a spare wheel.
(Bombay) July 31
It helps to have a few holes in the roof of the car and to go about without a
Bosch Bk. Motor Car
An early attempt to make puncture mending less troublesome was the Stepney spare
wheel of T. M. and W. Davies in 1904.
(Bombay) 2 June (Advt.),
Yezdi stepney wheel complete with tyre, tube, hub and bearings.
Private Life of Country House
About 1920 we bought a secondhand T model Ford... In case of punctures there was
a Stepney wheel to be clamped on to the rim to get you home.
A. Londres's Road to Buenos Ayres
I told her I had a woman already in Buenos Ayres, that she could only be my little
sweetheart, as we say, or my ‘stepney’, if you like that better.
Redemption being carried as a kind of stepney on the best of all possible worlds.
Indian & Brit. Eng.
Dr X may not be able to give his talkwe'd better arrange for a stepney.