John Wilkinson (1728-1808), English Ironmaster and Inventor (Studies in British History S. v. 49)
By: Norbert C. Soldon (author)Hardback
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Family origins - Isaac Wilkinson, nurturing father and his rise from caster to master; John builds his iron empire - Bersham, New Willey, Bradley, Brymbo, Hadley, Armaments, Trade Associations and lobbying; beyond the iron business - a passion for perfection, the boring machine and steam engine; ironbridge, iron boat, coins, canals and labour relations; business overseas - the French connection; intercorporate conflict 18th-century style - the brothers dissolve the partnership; the ironmaster's mineral kingdom - tin, copper and lead; the imrpoving landlord - Castlehead, Brymbo lands and lawns; conclusion - contemporary opinion on Wilkinson and what became of his legacy.
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