The Hancocks of Marlborough: Rubber, Art and the Industrial Revolution - A Family of Inventive Genius

The Hancocks of Marlborough: Rubber, Art and the Industrial Revolution - A Family of Inventive Genius

by John Loadman, Francis James
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199573557

ISBN-13: 9780199573554

Pub. Date: 11/23/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

This book began with the aim of telling the almost forgotten story of Thomas Hancock, the rubber developer who in his own day was acknowledged as one of the great scientific pioneers of the Industrial Revolution. But as research progressed, it was clear that Thomas and his five brothers, the Hancocks of Marlborough, together constituted a unique family which made a

Overview

This book began with the aim of telling the almost forgotten story of Thomas Hancock, the rubber developer who in his own day was acknowledged as one of the great scientific pioneers of the Industrial Revolution. But as research progressed, it was clear that Thomas and his five brothers, the Hancocks of Marlborough, together constituted a unique family which made a tremendous yet virtually unknown contribution to nineteenth-century science and art. Walter designed and ran the first steam carriages to carry passengers on the common roads of England and so began the age of mechanized transport. Thomas founded the UK rubber industry when he discovered how to vulcanize rubber reliably; his company survived for some 120 years before being taken over. Charles was a well established painter who was also instrumental in the manufacture of gutta percha-coated undersea cables, used by the electric telegraph to begin the global information highway. Other brothers, John, James and William all made significant contributions to the development of Victorian science and culture. This book tells the story of the family and the remarkable people in it, from the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653 to the present day, using the Hancock family archive of many unpublished and previously unknown documents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199573554
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/23/2009
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Marlborough, Wiltshire - Roots
2. The Hancocks Gather in London
3. From Seawater to Steam
4. Life, Death, and Bankruptcy
5. The Family, the Law, and the End of a Dream
6. Life's Ups and Downs
7. A New Industry
8. Gutta Percha Comes to Town
9. The Great Hose Controversy
10. 'The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations
11. Back to the Courts
12. A Life of Ease
13. Death and Depositions
14. Marlborough Cottage and the Great Aunts
15. The Hancock Legacy
16. James Lyne Hancock & Co
Epilogue: Thoughts on a Dynasty
Appendix I: The fourteen patents of Thomas Hancock 'for the treatment and application of INDIA RUBBER'
Appendix II: Mechanical Applications of Vulcanized India Rubber as described by Thomas Hancock
Appendix III: Technical Development of the Rubber Industry 1850-1950

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