A Pretty Engine

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The lecture by Steve Temple is about the earliest reference to the use of a plunger pump.

A Pretty Engine

John Evelyn was the first of three famous garden designers to work at Euston Hall in Suffolk. In order to operate the fountains, Samuel Morland built, as John Evelyn described it, "a pretty engine", driven by a watermill, to pump water up to a header tank. This is the earliest reference to the use of a “plunger pump” - 1671 - and was, I believe, later employed by Capability Brown at other gardens. In 1681 Morland’s design was being used in a much more famous garden…

Speaker information:

Steve Temple is an inventor by profession and an engineer by education and finds the technology of mills fascinating, not least because they were such major contributors to the know-how of the Industrial Revolution. He bought Impington Mill out of proceeds from co-founding and eventually listing an ink-jet printing company called Xaar, which now has some 500 employees. Now retired, he is vice chairman of the SPAB Mills Section, and teaches annually at the Cambridge University’s Impulse programme for budding entrepreneurs.

IT requirements: Please note that this is an online lecture and will be held via a webinar platform. You will be sent instructions on how to join the session the day before the lecture. To participate, all you need is an internet connection, and a laptop, computer or phone with the ability to play video and audio.

Please note that the event will be recorded and available to watch up to seven days after the live lectures for all registered bookings.


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1st December 2021 12:00 PM through  1:00 PM
United Kingdom
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Event Fee(s)
SPAB Members £ 7.00
Non-members £ 8.00