Needless to say, the links below are far from comprehensive and are in addition to the links that appear in the existing chapters of Prosser The Engineer. Further links will be added as appropriate and on completion of the other stories.

If you would like us to include a link to your organisation's website please contact us and we would be very grateful to be "linked" in other websites.

ARCHIVES and other resources (General)

The British Newspaper Archive:

The British Library:

The National Archives:

Library of Birmingham Archives:

History West Midlands:

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

Grace's Guide to British Industrial History:

Ancestry - Genealogy:

Familysearch - Genealogy:

Phyllis Nicklin Collection - photos of 1950s and 1960s Birmingham:

Measuringworth -  "a service for calculating relative worth over time":

National Records of Scotland:

Hathi Trust Digital Library:



Guy Sjogren - The rise and fall of the Birmingham cut nail industry:

Guy Sjogren Thesis - Entrepreneurship and Technological Change: The Birmingham and District Cut-nail Trade, c. 1811-1913

Staffordshire Record Office (Britannia Brewery site documents):

A Poor Man's Tale of a Patent - Charles Dickens:



Heritage Group Website of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers:



The Minton Archive:

Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce:


National Button Society (USA):

British Button Society:

Emaux de Briare - museum of the Bapterosses manufactory (French):

Baubles and Buttons - "china" button collector's site (USA)


Hans van Lemmen - tile historian & author:

Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society ( TACS):

The Jackfield Conservation Studio (Lesley Durbin - conservator and author):

Designs for Mosaic and Tessellated Pavements by Owen Jones (Ebook):

Plans etc. of the Alhambra - Goury and Owen Jones (Ebook):

Jackfield Tile Museum - Ironbridge :

Gladstone Pottery Museum - Stoke on Trent's principal tile museum:

Stoke on Trent History:

Tile Heaven (Jake Ellis) - antique tile online retailer:

Craven Dunnill Jackfield Limited - period tile manufacturer:

The Pugin Socety:

The Pugin Socety ( Birmingham):

The Crystal Palace Foundation

Osborne House:

Somerleyton Hall:



British Brick Society:


A Rudimentary Treatise on the Manufacture of Bricks and Tiles by Dobson







The narrative of Tubes: A Wealth of Trouble includes links (indicated by

underlining) to other relevant websites. The links below include a few

additional ones.


Ure's Dictionary of Arts, Manufacture and Mines 1867 (pp. 939 to 949) 

(W.C. Aitken’s article)


Bev Parker - A History of Wednesbury website article


Mechanics Magazine October 1840 article on RP 1840 patent


Tubes & Pipes Cyclopædia of useful arts, mechanical and chemical, manufactures, mining, and engineering: Tomlinson, Charles 1854 


William Carpmael -Law Reports of Patent Cases (Vol. 1) 1843


Personal Recollections of Birmingham and Birmingham Men by E. Edwards 1877

(Includes Henry Van Wart, Robert Walter Winfield and George Frederick



Samuel Aspinwall Goddard Obituary  The Birmingham Daily Post 27th July 1886



The Birmingham Debate Jan to April 1851 Aris's Birmingham Gazette

W C Aitken Obituary

1851 Select Committee RP Evidence



1854 Select Committee RP Evidence



Recollections of occupier pre-demolition