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George Sorocold — further work by Paul Sharratt and Alan Gifford

ET Social Network Members may be interested to learn about a further reference to the early Engineer George Sorocold discovered during continued research by myself (Paul Sharratt) and Alan Gifford.

Our article on Sorocold concluded with a quote relating to Sorocold attributed to Robert Bald from 1812 which reads:

"Sorocold was one of two millwrights of his age who never failed in what they undertook, because they considered the perfection and success of their work first and…


Posted on December 12, 2013 at 8:30

George Sorocold - the mystery man

Engineering timelines contributors Paul Sharratt and Alan Gifford have been championing the cause of little-known hydraulic engineer George Sorocold, who was very active at the end of the 17th century and start of the 18th. Sorocold is perhaps best known for Derby Waterworks but he also worked all over the country, including in London, where he contributed waterwheels and pumps to the system installed under Old London Bridge.

Paul and Alan have been sleuthing hard, as little detail is…


Posted on June 13, 2013 at 5:14

Newport Transporter Bridge opens again

Newport's 1906 Transporter Bridge is open again after two years of closure and restoration work. It's the only one of its kind in Wales and thought to be one of only 8 left in the world. It was designed by F. Arnodin and R.H. Haynes. The entry for it on Engineering Timelines is little thin. Anyone interested in writing it up in more details?
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Posted on July 30, 2010 at 16:26

ET reaches its 1000th entry and gets a spread in NCE

Engineering Timelines has reached its 1000th entry in its Britain-wide database of significant and historical engineering items. The industry magazine New Civil Engineer has just published a celebratory article about the site and the entry, which is on Ove Arup's contribution to the design of the Mulberry Harbour — he worked on the… Continue

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 9:19

Electrical milestone for the UK

Seems the UK has reached 1 gigawatt offshore wind farm power generation capacity. I notice quite a lot of mainstream publicity about it, which is interesting. ET is doing a little animation movie on how a wind turbine works and to that end, I went to Little Cheyne Court wind farm in Kent over the long weekend and tried to video the 26 turbines in action. They're somewhat away from any road and struggling across landscape in a rainy gale wasn't much fun! At least the blades were moving.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 12:29

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At 21:11 on October 25, 2009, Trevor Page said…
Hi Jane, like the site, so much info. Actually, I've had the site bookmarked for quite a while. Suddenly noticed link to get on this site about a week ago. There are a few items that I would like to see on here; are you open to suggestions? Hope to hear from you, soon.
At 14:17 on October 26, 2009, Trevor Page said…
Hi Jane, would like to contribute to ET. I've got a few photos of bridges. Tell me how. Don't know so much about text to go with them, though.
I could, in fact, have done, spend hours going through the site, as I've said, so much info'.

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