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1828 Gained a patent for the vertical retort; John was Chief Gas Engineer at West Bromwich. Also invented a mechanical charging mechanism for horizontal retorts, which worked at West Bromwich for a number of years, until John retired, when it was abandoned.
1860 August 20th. Died at West Bromwich