Villa win 2-1 at Burnley as Dave Woodhall claims part of the credit. Out in the real world people are saying they’ve had enough of experts. In the parallel universe that is modern football we’re all experts. Graham Taylor once said that thirty thousand people in the crowd could pick a better team than him…
Who knew that Matthew Boulton and James Watt suffered from the privations of Privateers off the Cornwall Coast having supplied Birmingham built steam engines to the Cornish tin mine owners like the fictional Captain Ross Poldark of Winston Graham’s ‘Poldark’ novels……I think that the story of ‘The Lunarticks’ the Lunar Society of Birmingham and The Midlands Enlightenment would make a great TV drama series set in Georgian times like ‘Poldark’……it would involve larger than life characters like Doctor Erasmus Darwin, Grandfather of Charles Darwin, ‘Gunpowder Joe’ Joseph Priestley whose powerful sermons from his Unitarian preacher’s pulpit in favour of the American and French Revolutions caused the ‘Priestley Riots’ in Birmingham in 1793 when Priestley’s home in Sparkbrook was burnt down, and Scottish engineering genius James Watt, whose improved steam engines powered the Industrial Revolution with his collaborator and founder of the Lunar Society Matthew Boulton…….what characters and what a story of the ‘Friends that made the Future’
The British suffered most by the predations of American privateers. This image is from ‘A view of His Majesty’s Brigg, Observer, commanded by Lieutenant John Crymes (to whom this print is inscribed) engaging the American privateer ship Jack, John Ropes (commander), by night on the 29th of May 1782, off the harbour of Halifax, Nova Scotia”, Aquatint by Robert Dodd, 1784
Boulton and Watt appear to have had several forms of piracy to contend with.
Cornish copper and tin mines relied on coastal vessels to bring coal supplies from the coalfields of South Wales to fuel their steam powered pumping engines. The consequent high coal prices made Watt’s fuel efficient engines a welcome alternative to the old fuel hungry Newcomen engines. Boulton & Watt also used coastal vessels to deliver engine parts via Bristol.
Wheal Virgin mine, one of the nine copper mines amalgamated in 1780 to form the Great…
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Another addition to Harborne’s vibrant and exciting beer and pub scene is Sadler’s which will occupy their former #PopupPub on the corner of the road opposite Sainsbury. @SadlersBrewery #PeakyBlinder is to die for ! 1@truclaretnblu
Sadler’s Brewing Co. has announced the launch of Brewer’s Social Harborne, the third venue in its expanding roster which includes Sadler’s Brewhouse & Bar in Lye and Sadler’s Taproom Quinton.
A place to be social no matter what time of day, Brewer’s Social will be a permanent fixture and will create over 20 jobs when it opens on Friday 27th September from midday, in what became a favourite of ours, the former home of the Sadler’s Pop-Up, on Harborne High Street.
Alongside Sadler’s award-winning ales and spirits, the all-day venue will offer collaborative and special edition brews; craft spirits and cocktails – and great food.
From brunch and morning coffee and cake, through lunch to an exciting evening menu featuring unique slow-cooked and BBQ dishes, sourcing and provenance of ingredients will be at the heart of everything.
Brewer’s Social’s wide-ranging menu will feature all-day brunch and light bites; home-smoked meat…
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Watt 2019 on Sunday 25th August at 4pm there is a service in tribute to James Watt at St Mary’s Church Handsworth, the ‘Church of the Industrial Revolution’ where the Lunar Men Boulton Watt and MUrdoch are buried, the ‘Golden Guys’ in the Lunar Men statue on Broad Street which used to stand in front of the old #Birmingham Register Office…..where are they going to end up as at the moment they are in storage in the #Birmingham Museums Collection Centre in Dollmann Street Nechells……..????? Where are the ‘Golden Guys’ Boulton Watt and Murdoch going to stand in #Birmingham going forward?????
2019 marks the bicentenary of the death of James Watt, improver of the steam engine and partner of Matthew Boulton in the engine businesses at Soho, Handsworth. There will be many events commemorating this during the year, in Birmingham and Scotland, and information about these can be found on the James Watt 2019 website.
To help celebrate the richness of the archive of the James Watt and Family Papers [MS 3219], held in Archives and Collections, Library of Birmingham, there will be a monthly blog on a Watt related subject.
The last sad tribute…..
In 1840, William Wordsworth told J.P Muirhead whose biography of James Watt was published in 1858:
I look upon him [Watt] considering both the magnitude and the universality of his genius, as perhaps the most extraordinary man this country ever produced; he never sought display, but was content to work in that quietness and humility, both…
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