Birmingham Lunar Society collaborators Matthew Boulton and James Watt made their Steam Engines at the Soho Foundry in Smethwick just to the west of Birmingham. They sold them to Cornish tin and copper miners which featured in the BBC TV series set in Cornwall: “Poldark” featuring British Army Captain Ross Poldark who owned the Wheel Jane Tin Mine in the Winston Graham historical novels and BBC TV adaptation. In the books and TV series Ross Poldark is a spy and sails to France on a mission to rescue friends and former British Army soldiers and Royal Navy sailors and marines and wages a constant battle with the Revenue Men from the Whig Government under “Mad King George”. He also fights constant battles with Privateers and Pirates preying on cargo ships and vessels carrying contraband and also shipping carrying Boulton and Watt’s steam engines to the Cornish Tin Mines where they were used to pump water from tin and copper mines like Poldark’s Wheel Jane Tin Mine. Boulton and Watt were firstly Birmingham business men and did not enjoy the attention of the Pirates who badly affected their business by demanding bounties for seized ships and cargo like Birmingham made steam engines….and it badly affected the Birmingham duos business of making, selling and operating steam engines #MadeinBirmingham.
Enjoy a Lunartick experience with the new play by Bold text playwrights The #PowerofInvention about the Lunar Men of Birmingham @LunarSoc who inspired the Industrial Revolution based on Steam Engines and steam power made at the Soho Foundry in Smethwick just to the west of Birmingham in the Black Country. Matthew Boulton who lived at Soho House and James Watt friends and business partners and founders of the #LunarSociiety were prominent protagonists in #TheMidlandsEnlightenment and created the modern world with their ingenuity.
John Roebuck was a contemporary and business rival of Matthew Boulton and James Watt who made his fortune by first inventing the chamber process in Birmingham for the safe manufacture of sulphuric acid used in the Scottish linen industry. Roebuck diversified into iron making at The Carron Works but overstretched himself by buying one of Watt’s steam engines and was forced to sell his business to Boulton and Watt those “Friends that made the Future” of The Midlands Enlightenment to cancel his debts.
It’s the second anniversary of my fantastic father in law George Sherwood BEM ‘s passing today. #RIPGeorge
Birmingham Lunar Society met by the light of the moon at Matthew Boulton’s home Soho House in Handsworth and were known as “Lunatiks” for their clandestine meetings. The very first factory in the World Boulton’s Soho Manufactory was built on Handsworth Heath along with Boulton’s Soho Mint as the forgery of coins was rife in Georgian England. Not far away in Smethwick at the Soho Foundry Boulton and his business partner and collaborator James Watt manufactured the revolutionary steam engines that powered the Industrial Revolution in Birmingham
Tolkien in Birmingham……more specifically Edgbaston and exactly Edgbaston Reservoir where the teenaged John Ronald Ruell Tolkien walked the love 💘of his life Edith Bratt when living in lodgings in Stirling Road Edgbaston