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Richard Ford

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Richard Ford (1689-1745) of Coalbrookdale Co

Richard Ford, who married Abraham Darby's daughter Mary

Richard Ford had a Newcomen 'Fire Engine' installed in 1742 to lift water back up hill in Coalbrookdale making iron making a reliable year round operation for the first time

1747 Mr. Ford succeeded at Coalbrookdale in smelting iron ore with pit-coal, after which it was refined in the usual way by means of coke and charcoal. [1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Henry Cort by Samuel Smiles