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1. Handsworth Today

Text: Malcolm Dick Handsworth represents many of the features of contemporary Birmingham: • A change in the local economy from manufacturing to service industries. As local manufacturing has ...

100 Soho Hill

The Royal British Legion Club stands to the right of the picture.

100 Soho Hill, Handsworth

1770s Atmospheric Pumping Engine at Chelsea Water Works

General Section of atmospheric pumping engine at Chelsea Water Works, London, 1770s. This engine was replaced by the Boulton & Watt engine in the previous illustration. It was built to the basic ...

1770s Pumping Engine & Pump for the 'Paris Water Works'

Sketch section of pumping engine and pump for the 'Paris Water Works' Chaillot, France. This sketch clearly shows the arrangement of the engine and the pump descending into the River Seine. This drawing ...

1770s Pumping Engine for Birmingham Canal Co. Smethwick

Plan of pumping engine, Birmingham Canal Co., Smethwick. A rare drawing of the 'Smethwick Engine' which is now housed in the Thinktank museum. The engine was the second Boulton & Watt that the Birmingham ...

1770s Pumping Engine for Chacewater Mine, Cornwall

General section of pumping engine for Chacewater Mine, Cornwall. This was the first Boulton & Watt engine erected in Cornwall, although it was actually the second one ordered. It started work in 1777. ...

1770s Pumping Engine for Hawkesbury Colliery, Bedworth

General section of pumping engine for Hawkesbury Colliery, Bedworth, Warwickshire. When it was set to work in 1777, this single-acting engine with a 58 inch cylinder and 8 foot stroke was the largest ...

179 Church Hill Road

Elsmere Villa School was run here by Miss Annie Sharp in 1898.

1790s

Reverse general section of 'Sun & Planet' engine for Don Fernando de Torres, Cadiz, Spain, January 1791. Another European engine, this time for Spain. This was one of a handful of engines that Boulton ...

1790s 16 Horse Crank Engine for Cotton Mill in Oldham

16 horse crank engine for Sarah Dunkerley, Mumps Brook, Oldham, Lancashire, December 1798. A few of Boulton & Watt’s engine customers were women. This engine was ordered by Joseph Dunkerley, for his ...

1790s 2 Horse Bell Crank Engine

Section and plan of 2 horse bell crank engine for G. Symonds, Reading, Berkshire, September 1799. In the late 1780s, Boulton & Watt began to make small engines, of 3 horses power and under. They ...

1790s 20 and 9 Horse Power Rotative Engines for Gun Manufactory

20 and 9 Horse power engines for Henry P. Whately, Smethwick, January 1796. An unusual arrangement of rotative engines at Henry P. Whately’s gun manufactory at French Walls in Smethwick. The upper ...

1790s 20 and 9 Horse Power Rotative Engines for Gun Manufactory

20 and 9 horse power engines for Henry P. Whately, Smethwick, January 1796. An unusual arrangement of rotative engines at Henry P. Whately’s gun manufactory at French Walls in Smethwick. The upper ...

1790s 20 Horse Blowing Engine for Iron Works in Monmouthshire

General view of 20 horse engine and blowing cylinder for Fothergill & Co., Sirhowy Iron Works, Monmouthshire, South Wales, August 1799. Boulton & Watt sold several blowing engines to the iron works ...

1790s 20 Horse Blowing Engine for Iron Works in Monmouthshire

Reverse Plan and Sections of the Blowing Cylinder for Fothergill & Co., Sirhowy Iron Works, Monmouthshire, South Wales, August 1799. Boulton & Watt sold several blowing engines to the iron works ...

1790s 40 Horse Engine for Cumbrian Colliery

Reverse general view of 40 horse engine for John Christian Curwen, Workington, Cumbria, January 1794. During the 1790s Boulton & Watt engines used a variety of arrangements to work pumps to extract ...

1790s 6 Horse Crank Engine for Cockshead Colliery

General view of 6 horse crank engine for John Sparrow & Co., Cockshead Colliery, Norton–in–the–Moors, near Burslem, Staffordshire, August 1793. This was the second engine supplied to Cockshead Colliery ...