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John Lofting (Books 1 & 2) [Paperback]

Deb Daniels
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9 Nov 2012
John Lofting moved to London from the Netherlands in the wake of William and Mary in 1688. He was granted a patent for a fire engine,the first in England, then for a thimble knurling machine. His first manufacturing plant was in Islington He moved the operation to Marlow in Buckinghamshire and produced over two million thimbles a year. This was a huge operation in his day, and was the forunner of the factories in the later industrial revolution. He also invented the beer pump, much to the delight of pub landlords. He was dragged into a high profile court case in which the top lawyers of the day argued in Westminster Hall about colonial rights in New Jersey. This is a biography and a drama about one of the most exciting periods in London's history, when London was being transformed into the commercial centre it is today.

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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (9 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477602534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477602539
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,099,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lucy Lofting 31 Dec 2012
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A delightful and heart warming story based on facts about our ancestor's life in the C 17th. The story of a gifted entrepreneur who came with William and Mary from Holland and made his mark in London and Marlow. He built up three businesses (fire engines, thimbles and export to the colonies) and nearly lost everything on a ship bound for New Jersey. Many of the social and moral issues of the day still resonate today and the hardships people faced make us realize how much we take for granted, like free schooling. A good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book about John Lofting 29 Jan 2013
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he book is good, but I thought it would be more factual and not written as a story about the life of John Lofting.
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