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John Squire of Squire and Maceroni and the General Steam Coach Co

Partner with Francis Maceroni in producing a steam carriage [1]

1832 John Squires, engineer, of Wharf Road, Paddington has accident with his steam carriage.[2]

1833 Patent. 'John Squire, of Paddington Basin, engineer, and Francis Macerone, of Upper George-street, Bryanstone square, both in Middlesex, for certain improvements on boilers for generating steam. Dated July 18, 1833. Six months'[3]

1841 'A carriage belonging to the General Steam Coach Company is now running daily, from the York and Albany Tavern, near the Regent's Park, to the Manor House at Tottenham, and back. The carriage itself is of a very simple construction, being somewhat in the form of a fly-van, with seats one behind the other, and capable of holding eighteen persons. The steam apparatus is enclosed behind, and at present has rather an unsightly appearance. There is no escape of steam from the engine, and, consequently, little noise — not more, in fact, than seems almost drowned in the ordinary rolling of the wheels. The whole framework of the carriage appears ponderous, but yet the motion is exceedingly elastic and light. The guide sits in front, with a passenger on either side, and sways the pace and movements of the vehicle with a kind of horizontal pivot-wheel with handles, like that employed in the steering of minor steam-boats. At the right foot of the conductor there is a sort of handle acting like that used to the tap-engines of taverns, which is drawn up and down to influence the speed of the carriage. The travelling is exceedingly pleasant — always with perfect ease of seat, and an average travelling pace of sixteen miles an hour can be preserved. This journey, a distance of nine miles, is performed in twenty-eight minutes The invention and manufacture of the carriage are ascribed to Mr. John Squire, the engineer.'[4]

1841 Patent. John Squire of Albany Place, Regent's Park, engineer for improvements in the construction of seam boilers or generators.'[5]

1844 Licensed some of the patents to the General Steam Carriage Co

Extract from Steam Locomotion on Common Roads by William Fletcher. Published 1891.

In 1843, a tubular steam boiler intended for common road carriages was patented by Mr. Squire, whom it will be noted was ten years before in partnership with Colonel Maceroni. The steam boiler was the matured result of experiments in which the inventor had for several years been engaged, to introduce steam travelling on common roads. It is illustrated in the Mechanics' Magazine vol. 39.

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Sources of Information

  1. Engineers and Mechanics Encyclopedia 1839: Railways: John Squire and Francis Macerone
  2. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 19 July 1832
  3. Leicester Chronicle - Saturday 10 August 1833
  4. Bury and Norwich Post - Wednesday 18 August 1841
  5. Carlisle Journal - Saturday 25 December 1841