David Cranstone


Isaac Wilkinson's career as 'potfounder' at Backbarrow, Cumbria, from 1735 to 1748 is re-examined from primary documentary euidence. Considerable evidence survives on his relationship to the Backbarrow Company and on his ironfounding actioities; the latter includes the introduction of blowing cylinders into Backbarrow Forge over the period 1737-9.


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How to Cite
Issac Wilkinson at Backbarrow. (2022). Historical Metallurgy, 25(2), 87-91. https://hmsjournal.org/index.php/home/article/view/541