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Newcomen, Thomas (bap. 1664, d. 1729), ironmonger and inventor of the atmospheric steam engine, was born at Dartmouth, Devon, and baptized at St Saviour's Church on 28 February 1664, one of two sons of Elias Newcomen (d. 1702), a freeholder, shipowner, and merchant, and his wife, ...


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Sturch, William (1753–1838), ironmonger and theological writer, was born at Newport, Isle of Wight, on 9 February 1753, the son of John Sturch (d. 1794), General Baptist minister of the Pyle Street congregation in Newport, and his wife, Mary. His great-grandfather William Sturch (...