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James Watt and the Industrial Revolution 1774

James Watt
This entry is part 7 of 6 in the series Industrial Inventions and Innovations

James Watt and the Industrial Revolution The inventor of the first practical and it should be said, economical steam engine was James Watt, an instrument maker from Glasgow who saw the problems with earlier engines such as Newcomen’s engine. A man with a fastidious eye for details, Watt saw the potential to improve the engine…

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Three Abraham Darby’s

Abraham Darby
This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series Industrial Revolution

Abraham Darby was the first man to use coke in furnaces, his son produced wrought iron and his grandson built the iron bridge at Ironbridge. 3 generations of the same family contributing to the Industrial Revolution.

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Business and Industry – why is it important in family history?

Business and industry, we and our ancestors probably spend more time at work than at home, hence it’s significance to our understanding of and importance to gaining a deeper insight of the lives and times in which our family lived is critical. Take a look at our Business and Industry theme and also our complimentary Organisations and Jobs Occupations and Employment themes…

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Review of the Poor Law Act 1832

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Law - Poor Law

Poor Law in British History was just that ‘poor’ it gave little hope or respite and for hundreds of years adopted an approach which was draconian and punitive. In 1832 the Review of the Poor Law by Earl Grey should have been an opportunity for change and positive improvements in social justice and welfare but sadly at the close of the Georgian period such reform was still a long way off.

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