Lecture: John Fothergill and St Albans' interaction with the Industrial Revolution

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Speaker: Kate Morris

The road from London to the Midlands passed directly through St Albans, so Matthew Boulton and Josiah Wedgwood will have passed through often. Boulton’s early partner in the ‘toy trade’ was the little-known John Fothergill, grandson of a namesake who was master of St Albans School. His contribution to the partnership was the international trade connections that he had, but his untimely death ended the partnership and left eight young orphans, six of whom returned to the St Albans area. This story is pieced together from research in Hertfordshire and Birmingham.

Kate is a Past President of the Society, and author of several books on our local history and a former Mayor of St Albans.

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