Industrial Britain Under the Regency: The Diaries of Escher, Bodmer, May and de Gallois 1814-18, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Industrial Britain Under the Regency

The Diaries of Escher, Bodmer, May and de Gallois 1814-18, 1st Edition

By W.O. Henderson

Routledge

216 pages

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In this book W. O. Henderson has brought together in English translation the journals of four foreign visitors who travelled in England and Scotland in the years immediately following the Napoleonic wars, in a way which may be regarded as a sequel to his recent book on J. C. Fischer’s diaries of industrial Britain.

Two of the travellers whose journals are included in this volume were Swiss industrialists. Hans Caspar Escher was both a professional architect and the founder of the famous engineering firm of Esther Wyss of Zürich, Bodmer, also of Zürich, lived in England for many years and was recognised as an inventor of genius. The other accounts of industrial Britain in the Regency era are a report by the Prussian Factory Commissioner May and a short survey of the Newcastle upon Tyne colliery railways by the French government engineer Louis de Gallois. The four diaries show how informed foreign visitors were impressed by the way in which Britain had survived the perils of Napoleon’s Continental System and was now forging ahead to consolidate her position as the workshop of the world. This book was first published in 1968.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS… xi

I FOREIGN REPORTS ON INDUSTRIAL BRITAIN… 1

{ensp}1. INTRODUCTION… 1

{ensp}2. HANS CASPAR ESCHER… 2

{ensp}3. JOHANN GEORG BODMER… 7

{ensp}4. JOHANN GEORG MAY… 16

{ensp}5. LOUIS DE GALLOIS… 18

II ESCHER’S LETTERS FROM ENGLAND, 1814… 27

{ensp}1. Calais, July 31 27

{ensp}2. Dover, August 2 … 28

{ensp}3. London, August 5… 30

{ensp}4. London, August 11… 32

{ensp}5. Manchester, August 15… 33

{ensp}6. Manchester, August 20… 34

{ensp}7. Liverpool, August 23 … 35

{ensp}8. Glasgow, August 30… 36

{ensp}9. Glasgow, September 7… 39

10. Glasgow, September 11… 41

11. Edinburgh, September 18… 43

12. Sunderland, September 22… 46

13. Manchester, October 1… 48

14. Manchester, October 4… 49

15. Manchester, October 10… 50

16. Manchester, October 15… 51

17. Manchester, October 18… 52

18. London, November 1… 53

19. Dover, November 17… 5

20. Calais, November 18… 56

21. Postscript I … 56

London … 56

Glasgow, August 31… 57

Glasgow, September 12… 6

Glasgow, September 13… 62

Edinburgh… 63

22. Postscript II… 64.

(i) Glasgow… 64

(ii) Edinburgh… 6

(iii) Newcastle and Sunderland… 66

(iv) York… 67

III BODMER’S DIARY 1816–1817… 73

{ensp}1. London, October 22–November 5, 1816… 73

{ensp}2. Birmingham, November 6–November 30, 1816… 80

{ensp}3. Liverpool, December 1–December 7, 1816… 94

{ensp}4. Manchester and District, December 8–December 24, 1816… 98

{ensp}5. Scotland, December 25, 1816–January, 1817… 104

{ensp}6. From Newcastle upon Tyne to London, January 4–January 24, 1817… 108

{ensp}7. London, January 24–February 14, 1817… 116

Appendix: List of drawings made by Bodmer during his visit to England… 128

IV REPORT ON A JOURNEY TO ENGLAND BY FACTORY COMMISSIONER J, G. MAY IN 1814… 131

{ensp}1. WOOLLEN CLOTH… 131

{ensp}2. COTTON… 136

{ensp}3. LINEN… 138

{ensp}4. SILK … 142

{ensp}5. HOSIERY… 142

{ensp}6. DYEWORKS, PRINTING AND BLEACHING WORKS… 144

{ensp}7. HATS… 146

{ensp}8. PAPER… 147

{ensp}9. TANNING… 147

10. BREWERIES… 148

11. DISTILLERIES… 149

12. POTTERY… 149

13. GLASS… 150

14. IRON AND STEEL PRODUCTS… 152

15. PLATED MANUFACTURE… 154

16. BRASS AND LEAD… 155

17. METAL BUTTONS AND NEEDLES… 157

18. ENGINEERING… 158

19. STEAM ENGINES… 159

20. HYDRAULIC POWER… 161

21. GAS LIGHTING… 162

22. FACTORY BUILDINGS … 163

23. PATENTS… 164

24. THE CUSTOM HOUSE AND THE LONDON DOCKS… 164

25. THE SOCIETY OF ARTS … 165

26. CONCLUSION… 166

V REPORT BY LOUIS DE GALLOIS ON ENGLISH RAILWAYS, 1818… 171

{ensp}1. DE GALLOISS REPORT… 171

{ensp}2. APPENDIX… 177

{ensp}3. CONCLUSION… 181

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