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Jonathan Dickson

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1808 'A Phenomenon. - Mr. Editor - Sir, I yesterday beheld about 60 people dining inside of a Masking Tun, at Messrs. Hodgson and Co.’s Distillery ; the company partook a sumptuous entertainment and afterwards got merry with drinking the blood of John Barleycorn : the Proprietors christened this astonishing piece of workmanship, and gave it the name of the Everlasting. This enormous and ingenious piece of mechanism, is the first of its kind ever produced, constructed and made entirely of iron by Mr. Jonathan Dickson, Engineer, Gravel-lane, Southwark, who has now brought to perfection, and obtained his Majesty’s Patent for his various improvements in the construction of Distillers and Brewers utensils.
OCULUS, a Promoter of the useful Arts,
Battersea, Dec, 10, 1808.'[1]

1811 or 1819: Made a beam engine for James Pearsall and Co of Taunton. In 1929 it was dismantled by W. and F. Wills[2] for shipping to the Henry Ford Museum, where it is still exhibited.

c.1815 Jonathan Dickson, of Lambeth, supplied an engine for an early Thames steamer The Majestic, built at Ramsgate. The engine was of 24 horse power, with a cylinder 27 by 24 (inches), and was by , and

1821 Patent on methods of transmitting heat

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Sources of Information

  1. Morning Advertiser - Monday 12 December 1808
  2. Information from Brian Murless, SIAS