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Talk, Mon 10 Apr 2017

James Watt muses about the Newcomen steam engine

James Watt muses about the Newcomen steam engine



01246 234212


Chatsworth Road,
S40 3AW

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Part of the North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society’s (NEDIAS) programme of talks.

David Hulse has written the biography of Francis Thompson, one of the most famous constructors of both Newcomen and Watt engines. David is ex-Chief Engineer for Royal Doulton, and over decades he has researched and painstakingly built highly accurate models of every conceivable type of 18th century steam engine.

Francis Thompson, tonight’s subject, lived and worked locally to us here, and his engines were built for many late-1700s mills and factories. David will no doubt bring along copies of his biographies of Thompson & Trevithick (priced at £11.95).

All are welcome!

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Dates Times
Mon 10 Apr 2017 19:30


Visitors £2.00
Members free of charge



See location of St Thomas' Church on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 362706  Lat: 53.23165 Long: -1.45884

From North/South
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At roundabout select left lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (continuous lane). At traffic lights select middle lane and go straight on. Keep in left lane and at Matalan roundabout (traffic light controlled) take 2nd exit. At next roundabout (Morrison's) select right hand lane and take 2nd exit (A619). St Thomas's Church is approx 100 metres on right. There is no car park but cars can park on the road.

From East
Take A617 to M1 motorway junction, then follow route from North/South.

From West
Take A619 to Chesterfield. Pass Highwayman Pub on right. Descend hill (road splits into two oncoming lanes and one going down). Continue on A619 to traffic lights and go straight on. St Thomas's is approx 200 metres down road on left.

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Chesterfield station


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