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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…

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Added by Jane Joyce on December 12, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Jane Joyce on June 13, 2013 at 5:14 — No Comments

Bidder Diary

Added by J Michael Taylor on April 22, 2012 at 13:44 — No Comments

Royal Border Bridge poster sells for £1000

 

Royal Border Bridge, by Terence Cuneo

A railway poster of one of England’s most iconic bridges fetched £1000 at a Christie’s auction on Friday.

The poster of Berwick-upon-Tweed’s Royal Border Bridge is by Terence Cuneo, one of England’s most…

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Added by J Michael Taylor on November 23, 2011 at 19:26 — No Comments

Kingsgate Bridge Durham



This important bridge celebrates its 50th anniversay in 2013 - yes it sounds a long way in the future but time quickly passes by.



It is important as Ove Arup personally designed the bridge. Did you work on the project in any way? What can you tell us about the scheme? - Can you help with the planned celebratations?



Kingsgate Bridge is a striking, modern reinforced concrete construction footbridge across the River Wear, in Durham, England. It is a…
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Added by J Michael Taylor on September 29, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

How well do you know Liverpool?

George Stephenson at St George's Hall Liverpool but what is carved here....................…

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Added by J Michael Taylor on September 7, 2011 at 18:37 — 4 Comments

1886-1888 Sir Isaac Lowthian Bell, Bart.

Issac Lowthian Bell was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on the 16th of February 1816. He was the son of Thomas Bell, a member of the firm of Losh, Wilson and Bell Ironworks at Walker. Bell was educated at Dr Bruce's Academy (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), Edinburgh University, and the University of the Sorbonne (Paris).

In 1850 Bell was appointed manager of Walker Ironworks. In the same year he established a chemical works at Washington with Mr Hugh Lee Pattinson and Mr R. B. Bowman (the…

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Added by J Michael Taylor on April 8, 2011 at 17:58 — No Comments

Leicester to Swannington Railway

Out Now on CD

Few people seem to know that the Leicester to Swannington Railway was one of the oldest railways in the world. This new publication, the work of many authors under the editorship of LIHS member Keith Drury, brings together a wealth of material, including hundreds of previously unpublished photographs. It includes all the new material relating to the railway system between Leicester and Swannington which has been found by…

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Added by J Michael Taylor on February 16, 2011 at 18:09 — No Comments

Festival of Science Coming to Newcastle upon Tyne This Spring



ScienceFest is a six-day festival for all ages taking place in March in Newcastle, and celebrating creativity in science, technology, engineering and maths at venues across the city.

Events will include the UK Maker Faire at the Centre for Life and Discovery Museum. The Faire is a weekend (12/“13 March) where inventors can demonstrate their creations. Those already signed up include makers of interactive robots and a fire-breathing…

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Added by J Michael Taylor on January 27, 2011 at 15:28 — No Comments

William Armstrong

 

Given by Author…

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Added by J Michael Taylor on January 12, 2011 at 18:45 — No Comments

Latimer Clark, 1822-1898

Obituary

Journal of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, Vol XXVIII, 1899…

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Added by J Michael Taylor on January 3, 2011 at 17:47 — No Comments

160-year-old Berwick bridge lit up two weeks late

Royal Border Bridge from BBC

160-year-old Berwick bridge lit up two weeks late

Royal Border Bridge
The celebrations went ahead when the snow began to thaw…
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Added by J Michael Taylor on December 13, 2010 at 19:13 — No Comments

Royal Border Bridge illumination

Added by J Michael Taylor on November 17, 2010 at 20:46 — No Comments

News from the Robert Stephenson Trust

The Autumn Edition of ROCKET can be found HERE

Added by J Michael Taylor on October 12, 2010 at 18:44 — No Comments

Testing the Royal Border Bridge illuminations in Berwick upon Tweed

A specialist crew of electricians has been in Berwick for the last few weeks working on the installation of LED lighting in the viaduct’s 28 arches.

The provisional date for the official opening of the Royal Border Bridge illuminations is Friday 22 October…

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Added by J Michael Taylor on September 21, 2010 at 19:27 — No Comments

George and Robert Stephenson, Railway Pioneers by Chris Morris













rocket cover

cover shows repro Rocket at NRM, York…

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Added by J Michael Taylor on September 10, 2010 at 15:02 — No Comments

Brains, Beauty And Brawn In Border Bridges

(r-l) Stephen Larkin, ICE NE Regional Director and Paul Jowitt, ICE President












The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East has launched a new and unusual leaflet celebrating the bridges of the Border region.



The colour leaflet, written by ICE North East’s Panel for Historical

Engineering Works gives insight… Continue

Added by J Michael Taylor on August 27, 2010 at 17:38 — No Comments

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