The Residences of Thomas Newcomen
Thomas Newcomen’s grandfather (also named Thomas) first came to Dartmouth in the early 17th century and settled in a house in Lower Street. As his success as a merchant grew, the family moved to a much grander property in South Town, and then to another on the Quay. Thomas Newcomen the inventor was born at a house in Foss Street in 1663. After his marriage in 1705 he leased a property in Higher Street, extending into several adjoining properties, one of which he used as his workshop, and it was here that his early experiments with steam power were carried out. Ivor Smart’s book contains much detailed information about the Newcomen family, their houses, and Dartmouth in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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