Early 18th century British industries were generally small scale and relatively unsophisticated. Most textile production was centred on small workshops or in the homes of spinners, weavers and dyers: a literal ‘cottage industry’ that involved thousands of individual manufacturers. Such small-scale production was also a feature of most other industries, with different regions specialising in different products: metal production in the Midlands, for example, and coal mining in the North-East
Steam and Coal
Textile mills, heavy machinery and the pumping of coal mines all depended heavily on old technologies of power: waterwheels, windmills and horsepower were usually the only sources available.
As early as 1712 Thomas Newcomen first unveiled his steam-driven piston engine, which allowed the more efficient pumping of deep mines.
More efficient and powerful engines were employed in coal mines, textile mills and dozens of other heavy industries.
The growing demand for coal after 1750 revealed serious problems with Britain’s transport system. Though many mines stood close to rivers or the sea, the shipping of coal was slowed down by unpredictable tides and weather.
Relevant steam punk themes
After gaining knowledge of the industrial revolution, steampunk came to mind. Steampunk is a popular concept that could be incorporated within my industrial revolution theme.
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