Castlefields Mill: Gas Lighting

Image: Notes with sketches regarding particulars of a lighting apparatus for Messrs Benyon, Benton and Bage, 24 May 1811 (Boulton & Watt Papers pf 5 805).

Image from: Birmingham City Archives

Bage discussed his experiments with furnaces and retorts in several letters to William Strutt between 1807 and 1810.  The Benyons and Bage ordered relevant equipment from Boulton and Watt. The production and application of gas like the use of iron as a construction material was one of Bage’s great interests.


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