David Hulse – Steam Engines of the 18th Century

Welcome to davidhulse.co.uk a website featuring models of steam engines built in the eighteenth 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 eighteenth 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 eighteenth 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.

As you progress through this website, the engines you will see are all made from exactly the same materials which would have been available to the engineers of the eighteenth- century.

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 miniature brick machine.

All the metal parts were either machined from solid metal or made by hand forging in my home workshop, this gave the appearance of having been made by the engineers of the eighteenth-century.

For all of you who missed the news article that ITV ran about my Steam Engines then just Click Here!

Before retiring I was employed as the Chief Development Engineer for the Royal Doulton group of potteries and it was this use of ceramics which gave me the knowledge to make the parts that are not commercially available to model engineers. A start will now be made by describing the brick making because without an economical way of producing the bricks none of these engines I have researched would have been made:

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Robert C Podhany wrote on November 30, 2012
The most fasinating history i've ever seen on engines! The models are truly superb. Thank you so much for sharing your skill and knowledge
John Child wrote on November 30, 2012
Superb work! I am fascinated by non-rotative beam engines (I am currently constructing a 1:24 scale model of a Cornish waterworks pump. I enjoyed reading your book very much.
Chris Miller wrote on November 30, 2012
Congratulations from Hill House-home built by Francis Thompson
Keith Crabtree wrote on November 30, 2012
Nice to see someone able to recreate the engines of yesteryear that became the forrunners of the industrial revolution. The models are a miniature masterpiece. Keep up the good work.
Anibal Vignolo wrote on November 27, 2012
Dear David, Thanks a lot for your email and congratulations on your new website, which I find amazing!!I will soon contact you for purchasing. Best wishes, Anibal (Argentina)
Andrew Wood wrote on November 24, 2012
Many thanks for your excellant talk last Wednesday at the Stoke on Trent Association of Engineers. Very interesting.
Dave Rowlands wrote on November 23, 2012
David. Your latest book-"In My Lifetime"- was a great read. I very much enjoyed learning about your exploits over the years. Very interesting and informative. What a lifetime!
Jason wrote on October 29, 2012
I enjoyed talking to you about your latest engine at the model engineering exhibition on Sunday, look forward to see it`s progress. I look forward to reading your book too. Jason
P.J Rourke wrote on May 2, 2012
I saw some of your models at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition a few weeks ago and they are truly amazing. What a wonderful legacy to leave the world of engineering, "just from a hobby" Greatly appreciated