Birmingham’s Lunar Men….the ‘Friends that Made the Future’.
Smethwick west of Birmingham was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution: the home of Matthew Boulton and James Watt’s Soho Foundry where they made the steam engines that powered the Industrial Revolution not far from Soho House in Handsworth where Boulton’s Lunar Society met…..
These great men, Midlands men the ‘Friends that Made the Future’ as Jenny Uglow dubbed these influential men of the Midlands in her estimable book, required reading for Brummies: ‘The Lunar Men’:…..Matthew Boulton was the founder of Birmingham’s Lunar Society, so called as they met by the light of the full moon as it lit their way to places like Boulton’s home Soho House and Great Barr Hall where Samuel Galton lived and among the places where these ‘men of moment’ met’by the light of the full moon’.
James Watt, the Scottish engineering genius was the other Lunar Society founder who walked from his home in…
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