Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,128 pages of information and 245,598 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

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William Blakey

From Graces Guide

1769 W. Blakey of Great Peter Street, Westminster, London provided a description and illustration of his patent fire-engine for raising water from ponds, rivers, wells, etc., and raising it to any height. It appears to be of the Savery type. The drawing shows a cylindrical boiler wholly contained within a furnace, two cylindrical steam receivers, one above the other, and various manual cocks and non-return valves[1]. The same illustration appeared in Rees's Cyclopaedia.

Blakey emigrated to Liege, and later demonstrated a Savery-type engine at the Hague, where he obtained a 15 year patent. He then built a simpler version at the University of Leiden[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Scots Magazine, 1 December 1769
  2. [1] 'The Rise and Decline of Dutch Technological Leadership' Vol 1, by Karel Davids, Brill, 2008