David Hulse – Steam Engines of the 18th Century
Welcome to davidhulse.co.uk a website featuring models of the steam engines originally built in the 18th century that paved the way for the industrial revolution. Featuring engines by Thomas Newcomen, James Watt, James Pickard, Matthew Wasborough, Francis Thompson, Adam Heslop and Richard Trevithick, all manufactured by David Hulse.
In 1970 I started a project which was to occupy all my spare time for the next 45 years. I have researched and constructed in miniature the important steam engines which were built in the 18th century. These engines paved the way for the industrial revolution in the British Isles and which spread to many other countries throughout the world. These 18th century engines are usually grouped together and called steam engines, however, they were not steam engines. Steam was used as a means of creating a vacuum against which the earth’s pressure could act. The correct terminology is that they were atmospheric engines.
The engine houses are built from real bricks at a reduced scale of 1/16 the full size. In order to complete the buildings to house the engines 151,000 ceramic bricks were used and, all were made on a specially designed brick machine.
All the metal parts were either machined from solid metal or made by hand forging in my workshop to give the appearance of having been made by the engineers of the 18th century.
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