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

Hardcover | October 17, 2009

byJohn Loadman, Francis James

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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, theHancocks 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 mechanizedtransport. 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 bythe 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people in it, from the Great Fire of Marlboroughin 1653 to the present day, using the Hancock family archive of many unpublished and previously unknown documents.

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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, theHancocks of Marlborough, together constituted...

John Loadman took his master's degree in organic chemistry from the University of Durham in 1987. He has since been an analytical chemist with the Natural Rubber Producers' Research Association, done conservation work with museums and art galleries on artworks containing rubber, and is an expert on early rubber manufacturing technique...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:October 17, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199573557

ISBN - 13:9780199573554

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Table of Contents

1. Marlborough, Wiltshire - Roots2. The Hancocks Gather in London3. From Seawater to Steam4. Life, Death, and Bankruptcy5. The Family, the Law, and the End of a Dream6. Life's Ups and Downs7. A New Industry8. Gutta Percha Comes to Town9. The Great Hose Controversy10. 'The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations11. Back to the Courts12. A Life of Ease13. Death and Depositions14. Marlborough Cottage and the Great Aunts15. The Hancock Legacy16. James Lyne Hancock and CoEpilogue: Thoughts on a DynastyAppendix 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 HancockAppendix III: Technical Development of the Rubber Industry 1850-1950

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"The mixture of the personal anecdotes, the scientific detail and the sweep of the historical events throughout the book is impressive and intertwined with many interesting, really fascinating stories." --Mark M Green, Polytechnic Institute of New York University