Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 149,754 pages of information and 235,473 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Edward Somerset, 2nd Marquis of Worcester

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Marquis of Worcester
Raglan Castle

Edward Somerset, 2nd Marquess of Worcester (c1601–1667), styled Lord Herbert of Raglan from 1628–1644, was an English nobleman involved in royalist politics and an inventor.

In 1655 he authored a book The Century of Inventions which consisted of textual descriptions of 100 separate inventions.

It was eventually printed in 1663 and included a device described as his "Water-commanding Engine". Constructed from the barrel of a cannon, it was an obvious prototype design for what would later become the steam engine, which clearly anticipated the power and applications of that machine.

1667 April 3rd. Died

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