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1786 'A Cylinder of very considerable magnitude, was cast at Derbyshire and Co's foundry, near Bilstone, the 19th inst. — A gentleman immediately upon its being taken out of the sand, rode his horse through it; thirteen men and boys drank a bottle of ale in it, and our correspondent adds, that on Friday a man actually drove his cart and horses through it. The person who formed the mould for this cylinder, is a young man of about three-and-twenty.' . As a unit of measurement, a man on a horse has its limitations, but no further information has turned up about this cylinder or its maker.