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In the footsteps of James Watt Jnr: a journey to Kennetpans distillery in Scotland.

  • Quinborne Community Centre Ridgacre Road Quinton B32 2TW (map)
Kennetpans Ruins

Kennetpans Ruins

This talk will trace the journey of James Watt’s son to Scotland in 1798. Several Boulton & Watt steam engines had been installed north of the border but some payments were outstanding. James Watt Jnr was sent out on an inspection tour. One of his visits was to Kennetpans Distillery. The distillery had a Boulton & Watt engine installed in 1786 but had not yet paid a penny. The presentation uses original engine drawings to look at the details of engines no longer in existence, but also includes surviving Boulton and Watt beam engines in Scotland.

Speaker is Bill Whitehead who has completed extensive archival research into Boulton & Watt steam engines.

Cost: Free, but donation towards room hire (£4) appreciated.

This lecture is organised by ISSES – International Stationary Steam Engine Society. Lecture organiser Chris Hodrien can be contacted on 07905 904 805

Earlier Event: February 20
Smethwick Engine Steaming Day
Later Event: February 23
The Boulton & Watt Bloomfield engine