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  1. Lawn Mower — 2019-10-04 13:03:35
    …st of Budding and Ferrabee machines was used in **Regent's Park Zoological Gardens** in London [[Zoo]], in **1831**. It took another ten years and further innovations to create a machine that could be worked by donkey or horse power, and sixty …
  2. Rubber — 2019-08-10 12:09:55
    …ing rubber and **sulphur** together at about 155'C for two hours gave a horn-like solid containing 30% sulphur. Hancock took out another patent on May 21st, 1845 to try to protect his methods. Three weeks later, on June 15, 1845, Goodyear took
  3. Agatha Christie — 2019-04-08 16:51:39
    …hter to write. == Christie by Marriage == In 1914, she wed Colonel Archibald Christie, a Royal Flying Corps pilot, and took up nursing during World War I. She published her first book, //The Mysterious Affair at Styles//, in **1920**. **Poiro…
  4. Marshall Amplification — 2019-04-08 16:15:13
    …age url="MarshallWall.jpg" class="left" title="Marshall Wall" width="300" }} == Marshall Amplification is Born == He took on 18-year-old electronics apprentice, Dudley Craven, resulting in the foundation of **Marshall Amplification.** After …
  5. Railway — 2019-02-19 15:36:10
    …an inventor from [[Cornwall]], England. On 21 February **1804** the **world's first locomotive-hauled railway journey** took place as Trevithick's steam locomotive hauled a train along the tramway of the Penydarren Ironworks, in Merthyr Tydfil,…
  6. Public Park — 2018-08-24 15:01:46
    …remove and could be ready quickly. Its novelty was its revolutionary modular, prefabricated design and use of glass. It took 2,000 men eight months to build the 'Crystal Palace', which was more than **1848 feet long and 456 feet wide and 135 fe…
  7. Phototherapy — 2018-06-01 00:20:45
    …nvinced sunshine and fresh air was more healthy than a stuffy hospital. One warm summer day in the 1950s Sister J Ward took a premature baby outside. When she returned to the unit, the baby was a pale yellow except for a small bright yellow se…
  8. Jet Engine — 2018-05-28 18:47:28
    …ich ran for the first time on '''December 14, 1940'''. This engine powered the Gloster E.28/39 for taxi testing when it took to the air for a short hop at Brockworth on '''April 7, 1941'''. == In Honour == There is now a monument to Sir Frank…
    …jpg" width="320" class="left" title="Whittle Arch in Coventry" }} A redevelopment of the Airfield where the first test took place near Brockworth has been named the 'Whittle Centre' it includes a pub called the **Whittle**. == Shrinking the W…
  9. Four-minute Mile — 2018-03-04 19:41:50
    …the 4 minute mile" width="500" }} The starting gun was fired at 6 p.m. Bannister was aided by Chris Brasher. Bannister took over the lead and passed an unofficial timekeeper at the 1,500-metre mark in 3 minutes 43 seconds, equaling the world…
  10. Worcestershire Sauce — 2018-01-13 11:02:07
    …lay forgotten until the pair stumbled upon it two years later. Before they discarded their concoction for good, they took one last taste. Much to their surprise, it had matured like a fine wine - with a savoury aromatic scent and a wonderfu…
    …tle="John Wheeley Lea" width="270" }} **Lea and Perrins** decided to advertise. The product became so popular that they took the premises next door to have the room to manufacture the large quantities required. One of their promotional activit…
    … {{image url="PlaqueLeaPerrins.jpg" class="right" title="Lea and Perrins Blue Plaque" width="300" }} == History == Lea took over a pharmacy in Broad Street, Worcester and employed Perrins as his apprentice. They decided to go into partnership …
  11. Airport — 2017-12-29 20:44:50
    …= {{Image url="Air-Port.jpg" class="right" title="Southampton, the first 'Air Port'" width="350" }} In 1910 Edwin Moon took off in his Moonbeam II aircraft in **air fields** near Southampton. During World War I, Southampton became a major post…
  12. Electronic Computer — 2017-12-22 10:07:10
    …born in [[London]], [[England]] the son of a **bricklayer**. He started his apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer but took evening classes to achieve a degree in electrical engineering. He joined the telecommunications branch of General Po…
  13. Light Bulb — 2017-11-08 12:25:58
    …1881** Swan's electric lighting was used to light the stage of the Savoy Theatre. == Many Inventors were needed == It took many small steps by several inventors to find the right formula for the electric light bulb. <<{{image url="Light_bulb.…
  14. Antiseptic — 2017-10-22 20:52:56
    …ster was appalled that a surgeon was not required to wash his hands before operating on a patient. Surgeons at the time took pride in the accumulated blood stains on their unwashed operating gowns as a display of their experience. Lister was a…
  15. Photography — 2017-08-04 11:03:18
    …oryInventions]] === Henry Fox Talbot 1835 === {{TOC}} William Henry Fox Talbot (11 February 1800 – 17 September 1877) took the first **reproducible photograph** in 1835. He was born in Melbury, [[Dorset]] and invented the salted paper and ca…
  16. Winston Churchill — 2017-07-25 09:46:00
    … - that Churchill is best remembered. He lead Britain to victory in Europe in 1945. == Death == Sir Winston Churchill took his final journey on the historic vessel Havengore along the River Thames for his State Funeral on 30th January 1965. T…
  17. Cary Grant — 2017-07-15 13:18:34
    … {{Image url="CaryGrantPlaque.jpg" class="left" title="Cary Grant plaque in Hughenden Road, Bristol" width="" }} Grant took up with Bob Pender's group of traveling performers. In New York he left the troupe and headed for Hollywood. Known for…
  18. Refrigeration — 2017-07-11 11:55:35
    …e first that resembled a //fridge// and was titled: "Apparatus and means for producing ice, and in cooling fluids." It took around 150 years, 1000's of patents and ice that was contaminated from industrial pollution, before people began using…
  19. Horlicks — 2017-07-08 21:35:20
    … bain-marie floating in a boiler. ::c:: == Relocation == Joseph Horlick had emigrated to Racine in the USA in 1844. He took a trip back to England in 1869 and, while visiting his cousin James at Ruardean, persuaded 24 year old William Horlick …
  20. Petroleum — 2017-07-07 00:38:24
    …Refinery == {{Image url="ShaleRefinery1850.jpg" class="left-right" title="Shale oil refinery circa 1850" width="" }} He took out a patent dated 17 October 1850. Young entered into partnership under the title of **E.W. Binney & Co. at Bathgate**…
    …leted in **1851** and became the first truly **commercial oil-works and oil refinery in the world.** In **1852** Young took out a **US patent** for the production of paraffin oil by distillation of coal. == Worldwide Demand == Many entreprene…
  21. Air Traffic Control — 2017-07-06 13:23:45
    … Control" width="400" }} Amy Johnson's record-breaking flights - the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia took off from Croydon in May 1930. == Links == More info: [[http://www.nats.aero/about-us/what-we-do/atc-explained| NATS]]…
  22. Radar — 2017-07-05 11:01:39
    …g" class="right" }} The problem was not the radar, but the flow of information from the trackers to the fighters, which took many steps and was very slow. Watson-Watt immediately attacked this problem, and set up the system with several layers …
    …ons were a new long-range naval communications system. == War years == In July 1938 Watson-Watt left Bawdsey Manor and took up the post of Director of Communications Development (DCD-RAE). In 1939 Watson-Watt became Scientific Advisor on Tel…
  23. Telegraph — 2017-07-05 10:51:03
    … Charles Wheatstone was born in Barnwood, [[Gloucestershire]], he was a curious fifteen-year old. His uncle from London took him to view the telegraph in Mr Ronalds' garden. Charles Wheatstone was one of the outstanding academics of the 19th Ce…
  24. Cricket — 2017-07-05 08:37:39
    …s recorded in the year **1550**, by the pupils of Royal Grammar School, Guildford. The first //recorded// cricket match took place at Coxheath in [[Kent]], [[England]] in **1646**. This match also produced the first record of betting on cricket…
  25. Paralympic Games — 2017-06-21 14:32:08
    …th spinal cord injuries or missing limbs from war injuries a sense of purpose. In 1952 competitors from the Netherlands took part in the competition, giving an international notion to the movement. == To Rome == The first Olympic-style games…
  26. Linoleum — 2017-05-25 10:14:38
    …accelerated the oxidation process by heating it with lead acetate and zinc sulphate. When he mastered his //recipe// he took out a patent eventually calling it **Linoleum**, derived from the Latin words “linum” (“flax”) and “oleum”…
  27. Sewing Machine — 2017-05-16 10:54:29
    …achine" width="300" }} === Thomas Saint 1790 === - [[CategoryIndustry]] [[CategoryDomestic]] {{toc}} **Thomas Saint** took out British Patent No. 1764 on a machine for "//quilting, stitching, and sewing, and for making shoes, and other articl…
  28. iPod — 2017-05-14 23:49:13
    …and a central menu button to scroll through a selection of music tracks – very similar to the iPod. == Patent == He took out a worldwide patent and set up a company to develop the idea. But in 1988, after a boardroom split, he was unable t…
  29. Workmate — 2017-05-10 00:13:27
    …But after he began manufacturing the Workmate® workbench. It was an instant hit. Black & Decker saw the potential and took on exclusive rights of the Workmate in 1973 and started production. To date more than '''60 Million''' Workmates have b…
  30. Postage Stamp — 2017-02-01 12:17:38
    …as low as **'One Penny'** this made postage available to the masses. == The postal reform that swept the world == It took only five months till the new system was running smoothly and soon other countries wanted the principle adopted for the…
    …, [[England]] on the 3rd December 1795, Rowland was the third son of Thomas Wright Hill. At the age of seven his father took charge of a boarding school in Birmingham and this is where Rowland was educated. In 1807 Rowland Hill became a student…
  31. Plywood — 2016-10-19 10:55:12
    …hern Europe and in Russia he built and equipped a flotilla of ships. == Patents == In 1791 he returned to England and took out his first patent for wood-working machines for sawing, planing and block-making. In 1793 Bentham took out what has…
  32. Jigsaw Puzzle — 2016-09-22 12:42:58
    … Twist == At this point the puzzles were all hand made on solid wood and were too expensive to be considered a toy. It took over 100 years after they were invented - that these ‘dissections’ began to be known as ‘**jigsaw puzzles**’ wh…
  33. Sport — 2016-06-23 13:22:23
    …layed was recorded in the year 1550, by the pupils of Royal Grammar School, Guildford. The first recorded cricket match took place at Coxheath in Kent, England in 1646. This match also produced the first record of betting on cricket. The world'…
  34. Industrial Revolution — 2016-06-23 12:25:37
    …vern at a place now called Ironbridge. This bridge is still standing and can be visited to this day. Abraham Darby III took over the family business in the 1770s. As it grew, he attracted more workers with various measures. In times of food sh…
    …age url="IKBrunel.jpg" class="right" width="200" }} Brunel was a British engineer born in Portsmouth, [[Hampshire]]. He took all these advances in iron and used them with great effect. He created of the '''Great Western Railway''', a series of …
  35. Marmalade — 2016-05-20 09:14:51
    …ut this recipe was spreadable, on toast. == So the Story Goes == Legend has it in the 18th century when a Spanish ship took refuge from a storm, in the harbour at Dundee. On board was a consignment of Seville Oranges - which a local grocer dec…
  36. Automatic Kettle — 2016-05-17 16:47:22
    …], and educated at the Skinners' school, where he was keen on drama. Working from a rundown factory at Croydon, Russell took charge of developing new products while Hobbs concentrated on sales. …
  37. Automatic watch — 2016-03-06 00:37:12
    …ohn Harwood 1923 === Invented in 1923 by John Harwood (1893 – 1964), a watch repairer from Bolton [[Lancashire]] who took out a **UK patent** with his financial backer, Harry Cutts, on 7 July 1923, and obtained a corresponding **Swiss patent…
  38. Rotating Boat Lift — 2016-01-26 01:08:25
    …als were linked by a flight of 11 locks over 115 ft difference in height, it required 3,500 tonnes of water per run and took most of a day to pass through the flight. == Design == {{Image url="FalkirkWheelAnim.gif" class="right" title="Falkirk…

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