The 43rd series of Industrial Archaeology Lectures concluded this week

I might have mentioned that I’ve been attending the Surrey Industrial History Group’s 43rd series of Industrial Archaeology Lectures – see HERE and HERE for a couple of reports.

There have been eleven fortnightly lectures, held in the Science Park in Guildford, of which I’ve attended eight. Some of the lectures have been on obscure topics, but all knowledge, as they say, is valuable.

The final lecture in this 43rd series by David Waller, author and former Financial Times journalist was entitled, Iron Men: 19th century Engineer Henry Maudslay and his circle. Drawing from his book Iron Men.

Working for engineering companies in the West Midlands in my early years, I saw my region as one of the main areas of the industrial revolution, along with Manchester, of course. I hadn’t considered London as being part of it, that is until David Waller described the inventions of Henry Maudslay and his factories in London, just off Oxford Street and later at Lambeth.

Maudslay is credited with developing the first industrially practical screw-cutting lathe in 1800, and later with the bench micrometer.

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