William Harmon

SPEAKER: Dr Robb Robinson

Monday, September 12 at 3pm,
Wrecking Ball Arts Centre,

William Harmon was baptised in St Peter’s Church, Drypool in 1804, and was the son of John Harman and Hannah Ramsey who had married in Patrington, East Yorkshire, in 1802 before before embarking on an exciting and productive life as a steam train pioneer.

It seems more than likely that Harmon learned his skills making castings at Todd and Campbell’s foundry in Sculcoates, later owned by Rose Downs and Thompson, but sometime between the middle of 1822 and late 1824 he moved across the
English Channel to work for an English man, Aaron Manby, who ran the Charenton Ironworks near Paris, constructing river steamships and equipment for gasworks. Harmon was soon joined by his girlfriend, Phoebe Spencer, and they married in January 1825.

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