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Rubber Town - a Talk by Dan Farrell

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Bradford-on-Avon

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Whilst working as a broker in New York, Stephen Moulton met the man who discovered the rubber vulcanisation process – Charles Goodyear. Moulton brought samples of Goodyear’s ‘Improved Rubber’ to Europe, and, having failed to interest the existing rubber companies he decided to enter the business himself. He purchased a derelict mill and the grand, but decaying, house that overlooked it and founded his own rubber manufacturing enterprise.

This is the unlikely story of how Bradford on Avon became a rubber town – a tale of courage and conviction, of legal wrangles, financial juggling, technical innovation and industrial progress. Moulton’s factory, the Kingston Mills, became the world’s centre of production for ‘railway rubber’; including all manner of springs, hoses, glands, seals and gaskets. It employed almost all of the working-age population of Bradford for nearly 150 years. Its customers included Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Sir Nigel Gresley; and its reputation was built upon unstinting quality and the maxim that “Nothing but the best must leave the factory.”

Our guest speaker, Dan Farrell, is the author of the book ‘Riding on Rubber’ which details why the rubber industry came to Bradford and how it flourished here. Dan is Technical Lead at the Moulton Bicycle Company and worked with Dr Alex Moulton for several years.

The setting for this talk will be the historic study (on the ground floor) at The Hall, Bradford on Avon.

  • Lectures are for a maximum of 35 people.
  • Lecture lasts approx. 1 hour.
  • Please note that The Hall is a Grade 1 listed building and has internal steps - there are 4 steps to the ground floor room where the lecture will take place. There is currently no step-free access.
  • Tickets for this lecture are £10 per person plus a small Eventbrite booking fee

All proceeds from ticket sales will be used for charitable purposes only.


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Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Other than school groups, the minimum age is 16 years old.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is very limited at The Hall. For disabled parking, please contact us to book a place.

Entrance to The Hall is via the main gate on Holt Road - near the Woolley Street junction (for pedestrians, bicycles and booked parking only)

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes please!

What happens if the event is rescheduled?

In exceptional circumstances a lecture may need to be rescheduled, in the unlikely event that this is necessary, you will be offered alternative date options.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us via our website, moultontrust.org/contact-us or by email info@moultontrustees.org.uk


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