Skip to main content

Cambridge University Libraries are providing a blend of online and controlled in-person services. Please see our website for more details.

Papers on engineering and inventions, 1848 - 1852

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/452

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous correspondence and papers regarding engineering and new inventions. There are pieces on the Britannia Tubular Bridge, including the lifting of the bridge by R. Stephenson; stress in iron bridges; I.K. Brunel on his Chepstow bridge; notices and awards of the Institution of Civil Engineers; the Smeafonian Society for Civil Engineers; 'Caldwell's self-fleeting windlass'; advertisements for gutta percha; a report on vulcanised India-rubber joints by T. Wicksteed; a rapid water filter; a plan of Schrele's grinding mill; a report on hydro-carbon gas; a patent lever glass ventilation and the prospectus for the patent Siliceoss Stone Company; engravings of lighthouses and an account of Keith's Reef Lighthouse by A. Gordon; descriptions of Sir G. Cayley's hot air engine and other patent hot air propulsion; a proposed breakwater for Liverpool; and a derogatory poem on C. Babbage's calculating machine. The correspondents include J. Weale, H. James, A. de Morgan, Lord Wrottesley and C.J. Hargreave.


  • 1848 - 1852

Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


1 archive box(es) (1 box)

Language of Materials