Key events in and around the life of Richard Trevithick
|1769|| James Watt’s separate condenser patent.|
Cugnot’s steam carriage (in France) .
|1771||Richard Trevithick born at Tregajorran (13th April)|
|1777||Boulton & Watt’s separate condenser engine introduced to Cornwall.|
Abraham Darby begins casting his ‘Iron Bridge’.
|1781||Hornblower’s patent .|
|1784|| Murdoch’s model locomotive in Redruth.|
James Sadler, Oxford, makes ascent in a hot air balloon.
|1787||Symmington exhibs a model steam carriage in Edinburgh.|
|1789|| Riots in Redruth.|
Wesley preaches in the area, reputed to have stayed with Trevithick snr. who was a Methodist leader.
|1790||Trevithick becomes engineer at Stray Park Mine.|
J. Hornblower and A. Woolfe (mine engineers) help Francis Basset put in a “water-closet” at his house at Tehidy .
|1792||Trevithick reports on performance of Tincroft Mine engine.|
Mary Wollanscroft publishes ‘Vindication of the Rights of Women’.
|1793||War with France.|
|1796||Trevithick meets Davies Giddy (Gilbert), who becomes a mentor.|
Boulton & Watt open Soho Foundry at Smethwick.
Edward Bull and Trevithick visit Soho Foundry.
Trevithick expresses interest in work for the Soho Foundry.
Trevithick visits Coalbrookdale Foundry.
Francis Basset puts down Food Riots in Redruth .
|1797|| William West (Trevithick’s colleague and brother-in-law) makes model engines to show in Cornish Engineers v Boulton & Watt court case about restrictive patents and business practise.|
Trevithick refuses terms offered by Soho Foundry to put up engines.
Richard Trevithick Senior dies.
Richard Trevithick marries Jane Harvey. They go to live at Moreton House, Plain an Gwarry, Redruth.
|1798|| First high-pressure “puffers” built by Trevithick.|
Jane & Richard move to Camborne Churchtown.
Lady Basset sees Trevithick’s model of a road locomotive run in the kitchen of Trevithick’s home.
Richard Trevithick (son) born.
|1799||Humphry Davey discovers laughing gas (Penzance).|
|1800|| Expiry of Watt patent.|
Anne Trevithick (daughter) born.
|1801|| Trevithick’s creation of Camborne road locomotive. On a wet Christmas Eve, Trevithick, his cousin Andrew Vivian, plus friends, steam up Camborne Hill on the Puffing Devil which had been made in a blacksmiths workshop at Weeth.|
Francis Basset starts Camborne Market House & Clock Tower.
|1802||Elizabeth Trevithick (daughter) born.|
|1803||Trevithick’s London Road Locomotive.|
High Pressure Boiler explosion at Greenwich.
|1804||Trevithick’s Pennydaren Locomotive.|
Frances Basset (Lord DeDunstanville) forms troop of Cornish
Volunteers in case of invasion by Napoleon.
|1805||Newcastle-upon-Tyne locomotive built to Trevithick’s instructions|
– drives barge by steam engine & paddle wheels.
|1806||Trevithick’s Steam-dredger used on the Thames.|
John Harvey Trevithick (son) born.
|1807||Trevithick appointed Engineer to Thames Archway Company.|
|1808||Jane and children join Richard in London.|
Trevithick’s “Catch me who Can” circular track steam train at Euston.
|1809||Trevithick raises a sunken ship off Margate.|
Williams family build Portreath Tramway.
|1810||Trevithick contracts Typhus and returns to Cornwall (treated by Dr Rosewarne).|
His mother dies- takes his family to live at her property in Penponds.
|1811||Trevithick declared bankrupt.|
Trevithick installs first Cornish Engine & Boiler: Plunger Pole engine.
|1812||Trevithick applies high pressure engine to agricultural machinery & creates a rock-boring machine for Plymouth Breakwater & Screw Propeller.|
Luddites attack machinery in Midlands.
Francis Trevithick (son) born.
|1813||Uville arrives to see Trevithick from Peru.|
|1814||Trevithick arranges for nine engines to be shipped to Peru.|
|1815||Humphry Davy invents miners safety lamp.|
|1816||Frederick Henry Trevithick (son) born.|
Trevithick sails for Peru. He rents a house for family in Penzance, but Jane goes to Hayle, becoming landlady of the White Hart Inn.
|1821||Trevithick works to salvage ships cargo near Callao.|
|1823||The explorer, Gurnard, meets Trevithick in Ecuador.|
|1825||Brunel begins his Thames Tunnel.|
|1827||Trevithick arrives in Cartagena after pioneer crossing of Isthmus of Nicaragua.|
Civil war in South America – Trevithick creates recoil gun carriage for Bolivar.
Robert Stephenson meets Trevithick and lends him his fare home to Britain.
|1828||Trevithick visits Holland, engine & pump made in Hayle for Zyder Zee.|
|1829||Robert Stephenson’s Rocket wins the Rainhill Trials.|
|1831||William Bickford invents the safety fuse in Tuckingmill, Camborne.|
|1832||Trevithick designs Reform Bill column.|
|1833||William Cobbet’s bill to reduce working hours of children defeated.|
Trevithick dies of pneumonia at the Bull Hotel, Dartford while working for John Hall Engineering (22nd April). He is penniless and is buried in an unmarked grave in St Edmund’s Burial Ground, East Hill, Dartford, Kent.