England's First Balloonist

England's First Balloonist

Against the vivid backdrop of Georgian England, Mark Davies outlines the life of this astonishing adventurer, engineer, naval chemist, and inventor, exploring the ups and the downs of his amazing career. 

Mark Davies, Oxford local historian and author

Sunday 29 September 3pm

Stamford Arts Centre Theatre

James Sadler, an Oxford pastry cook, defied the constraints of his upbringing to become the unlikely first Englishman to build and fly an air balloon in 1784. Against the vivid backdrop of Georgian England, Mark Davies outlines the life of this astonishing adventurer, engineer, naval chemist, and inventor, exploring the ups and the downs of his amazing career.

The talk will also highlight several Lincolnshire associations and allude to Sadler’s familiarity with the first women to fly, including the truly ‘adventurous lady’ who accompanied Charles Green on the first ever ascent from Stamford in 1825.

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