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Historical & Literary Walks & Talks, and Books by Oxford Towpath Press

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UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS

Most of my walks are for pre-booked tours (starting at £50 inclusive for up to 20/24 people). However, if you as an individual, or as part of a small group, would like to come on a Christ Church Meadow ‘Alice in Waterland’ walk, do please still feel free to get in touch at towpathpress@btopenworld.com, as it may be that you can join others in a similar situation or join a pre-booked larger group. Or, for £30 for up to five people (lasting 90 minutes or so), you can suit yourself as to start time time and exact route.

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Thursday 12 October

James Sadler: Oxford Pastry Cook and First English Aeronaut: FREE TALK (donations welcome) at Museum of History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford.

The Oxford pastry cook James Sadler was the first Englishman to build and fly a hot-air balloon, in Oxford in 1784. He and his son Windham went on to fly from numerous locations throughout the British Isles, setting various records in the process. These included the fastest balloon journey ever made, commemorated in a medal displayed in the Museum. Yet despite a lifetime of achievement as a balloonist, engineer, and naval chemist, bringing him into contact with some of the most significant names in Georgian Britain, James Sadler ended his days back in Oxford in impoverished obscurity. This talk will take place in the very room where Sadler assisted the Oxford Professor of Chemistry Thomas Beddoes, prior to leaving the city of his birth in the 1790s.

Pre-booking essential:  http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/events/lectures/

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And another talk about James Sadler at 8.15pm on 31 October

West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, as part of the West Oxford Academy programme of Tuesday evening short talks. Price £2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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