Sir John Leveson-Gower became a peer, establishing a landed dynasty with its base at Trentham Hall in Staffordshire. Through politics, commercial success and judicial marriages, the dynasty increased its wealth and influence in Staffordshire and beyond. George Granville Leveson Gower (1769-1833) who became first Duke of Sutherland was the richest man in Britain.
Erection of a Savery steam engine at Darlaston.
Abraham Darby I began smelting iron with coke in Coalbrookdale.
First recorded reference to the Birmingham toy industry.
Thomas Newcomen erected the first successful steam engine at Conegyre near Dudley to pump water out of a mine.
The first turnpike was established in Staffordshire.
Dedication of St Philip’s Church in Birmingham.
Application of new silk-spinning machines by Thomas and John Lombe in their Derby silk mill.