Chapters on Everyday Things, Or, Histories and Marvels in Common Life, by the Author of 'Ten Steps in the Narrow Way'

Chapters on Everyday Things, Or, Histories and Marvels in Common Life, by the Author of 'Ten Steps in the Narrow Way'

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...had been nearly driven from Kent and Surrey by statutes of Ironstone Quarry. Elizabeth and James i. The iron railings round St. Paul's Churchyard were almost the last produce of southern ironworks. In 1619, one man wiser than the rest, Edward, Lord Dudley, obtained a patent for smelting iron-ore by pit-coal; but popular ignorance hindered his work, and fairly stopped it, till, more than a hundred years later, the smelting by coal was tried again. K What changes have been wrought between the time when England, that now sends its iron all over the world, depended on foreign countries for her supplies of this invaluable metal!--between "England without iron to hold together its 'wooden walls, ' and England building iron ships; using iron as the great material of the grandest as well as of the humblest purposes of constructive art; covering the whole island with iron roads for vehicles drawn by iron engines; connecting opposite hills by iron viaducts, and Iron Bridge over the Menai Straits. carrying iron bridges over the narrowest river and the broadest estuary, --between the England of every tool and every machine produced from iron, and the England with scarcely iron enough toonake its ploughshares!" The revolution was brought about by a physician at Birmingham named John Roebuck, who succeeded in proving thatiron could be smelted bypit-coal, instead of the charcoal from the fast-disappearing woods. At Carron, in Stirlingshire, there was every natural advantage to enable Dr. Eoebuck to Smelting of Iron. 131 carry on his manufacture. Thither workmen were brought from Birmingham and Sheffield, and the famous foundry was established which heralded so many others, to forge England's iron-strength, and make iron "the soul of every...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236758382
  • 9781236758385