The Newcomen Memorials in Dartmouth
Ivor Smart’s research was as meticulous as ever in this account of the town’s attempts to commemorate one of its most famous sons, engineer Thomas Newcomen. Many felt that just naming a road after him in 1867 was not enough, and there were attempts, albeit unsuccessful, in the 1880s to associate his name with both the new hospital and the recently constructed Royal Avenue Gardens.
Other proposals followed, but, apart from the placement of a stone obelisk in the Gardens in 1921, none came to fruition until the 1960s when one of Newcomen’s original steam engines was carefully reconstructed in a purpose-built engine house, ensuring that Thomas Newcomen, his pioneering work, and his association with Dartmouth are not forgotten.
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