10 great inventions from East Lancashire

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: The engines which keep many airliners in the skies today owe their origins to Sir Frank Whittle and the Waterloo cotton mill in Clitheroe The engines which keep many airliners in the skies today owe their origins to Sir Frank Whittle and the Waterloo cotton mill in Clitheroe

From the spinning jenny to the jet engine, East Lancashire is responsible for a number of inventions used widely across the world.

 

THE SPINNING JENNY

It’s hard to believe that the birth of the cotton industry can be traced to Stanhill village near Oswaldtwistle. For it was here that James Hargreaves was born in 1720. A carpenter and weaver he invented the Spinning Jenny in 1764 which allowed one man to operate eight spindles at a time – the Industrial revolution had arrived.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE JET ENGINE

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: easyJet

The engines which keep many airliners in the skies today owe their origins to Sir Frank Whittle and the Waterloo cotton mill in Clitheroe which changed aviation history. It was here during the Second World War that Whittle and his team worked in secret, under the direction of the Rover car company, to design the prototype engine.

 

NORI BRICK

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: THere's much more to the Fylde coastline than Blackpool Tower and beach

The Empire State Building, Blackpool Tower and the magnificent Thiepval memorial to the Missing on the Somme are all built from red Nori bricks. Whinney Hill Quarry at Clayton-le-Moors was the source of a special kind of clay which made the Nori the hardest and most resistant brick on the available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COSWORTH DFV ENGINE

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The engine which transformed Formula One and powered the likes of Graham Hill and Jim Clarke to victory was designed by Blackburn engineer Keith Duckworth. The DFV engine (it stands for double four valves) became the must-have engine for all the major racing teams.

 

EWBANK SWEEPER

The humble carpet cleaner, found in millions of homes, was developed by Accringtonian Richard Kenyon after a visit to America in 1880. The revolutionary sweeping machine took its name from the Ewbank area of Blackburn where the factory stood.

 

LINCRUSTA

It’s the wallcovering that transformed the homes of Victorian England – and it was invented in Darwen. Lincrusta was the brainchild of Frederick Walton in 1877 and allowed families of more modest means to give their homes the look of intricate plaster work.

 

INTERACTIVE WHITE BOARDS

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: FINGERTIP CONTROL: Two pupils demonstrate  accessing the internet on the ActiveBoard 500 interactive whiteboard at Bett 2011

Seen in classrooms around the world, the interactive whiteboard has transformed the way children are taught in schools and it was pioneered by Blackburn-based Promethean.

 

TERYLENE

One of the world’s first man-made fibres was developed in Accrington at the Broad Oak Works. Two chemists John Rex Whinfield and James Tennant Dixon developed the fibre which was patented in 1941.

 

NETLON

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: HOME OF CRICKET: The Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the most recognisable sights in the cricket world

The specialised plastic netting which has been used around the world at venues such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Hong Kong race track was the brainchild of Dr Brian Mercer from Blackburn. It is also used in the automotive industry.

 

MERCERISATION

A process invented by John Mercer from Great Harwood which transformed the calico printing industry. Mercerisation transformed the dyeing industry and produced much softer cotton than had previously been available.

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1:14pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Plodder laner says...

What's a carpet theatre? Don't let the public do your proof reading for you, it's like BL using the public to develop their cars! We all know what happened to them.
What's a carpet theatre? Don't let the public do your proof reading for you, it's like BL using the public to develop their cars! We all know what happened to them. Plodder laner
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1:39pm Tue 4 Mar 14

.Lancs _ Pensioner says...

Lets not forget the M65 the highway to heavon.That being Blackburn of course.
Lets not forget the M65 the highway to heavon.That being Blackburn of course. .Lancs _ Pensioner
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4:42pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

.Lancs _ Pensioner wrote:
Lets not forget the M65 the highway to heavon.That being Blackburn of course.
This to all who post regularly is the Fake LP, note the underscore and the full stop at the start, he is a retard at best, ignore him and he goes away,

From the real LP
[quote][p][bold].Lancs _ Pensioner[/bold] wrote: Lets not forget the M65 the highway to heavon.That being Blackburn of course.[/p][/quote]This to all who post regularly is the Fake LP, note the underscore and the full stop at the start, he is a retard at best, ignore him and he goes away, From the real LP Lancs - pensioner
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