Article ID: CBB912081467

The Ingenious Mr. Padmore: Eighteenth-century Polymath (2017)

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Coverdale, Tony (Author)


International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology
Volume: 87
Issue: 2
Pages: 176-189


Publication Date: 2017
Edition Details: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference Early Engines Conference - Part 1
Language: English

John Padmore was an eighteenth-century millwright and shareholder in the Bristol Brass Company. Very few have heard of Padmore but deeper research indicates that he was active in the early 1700s in the application of a range of technologies. He was engaged in the building of: copper smelting mills; battery mills for the manufacture of copper hollow-ware; rolling mills for the production of sheet metal; a floating harbour on the River Avon north-west of Bristol; the Avon Navigation; a tram-way for transporting stone from the mines near Bath to the River Avon; and cranes for loading stone into barges in Bath and cranes for handling the cargoes of sea going ships in Bristol. He also designed and built water engines for raising water and early atmospheric engines for similar purposes. Daniel Defoe described him as ‘the ingenious Mr Padmore’, today we would describe him as John Padmore – Engineer. John Padmore should therefore be hailed as a great engineer in the age of enlightenment.

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Authors & Contributors
Nuvolari, Alessandro
Greener, James
Pursell, Carroll W.
Frenken, Koen
Russell, Ben
Quivik, Fredric
Journals
International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology
Technology and Culture
Cambridge Journal of Economics
Industrial and Corporate Change
Publishers
Reaktion Books
The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Society
Anthem Press, an imprint of Wimbledon Publishing
Verso
printed by the author
Concepts
Steam Engines
Industrial revolution
Biographies
Technology transfer
Engineers
Pumps, Steam
People
Newcomen, Thomas
Watt, James
Smeaton, John
Boulton, Matthew
Hawkshaw, John
Maudslay, Henry
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
20th century
Places
Great Britain
Europe
United States
Scotland
Birmingham (England)
Elsecar (England)
Institutions
Chance Brothers and Company
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