Another great industrial pioneer of Tyneside was Joseph Wilson Swan who was born in Sunderland on October 31st 1828 and began his career as an apprentice to a local chemist. In 1862 Swan moved to Gateshead and as a member of the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society he had a strong desire to research and experiment in the field of chemistry.
I wonder what he would think about Swan House, named after him? The building where he invented his bulb is pictured here also:
and here it is:
Quote/fact: Swan's house at 99 Kells Lane, Underhill, Gateshead, was the first private residence to be lit by electric light. Mosley Street in Newcastle is believed to have become the first public road in the world to be lit by electric light bulbs at night in 1880. By coincidence, Mosley Street was the first in the world to be lit by gas in 1818.
Which brings us back to Saturday's blog.
PS Welcome Mrs Miggins as an official 'Follower' - here's a pic (A Deranged Woman?) and following on from yesterday's Creative Commons stuff, I like the bit in the box under..
Also - many thanks to one of the Republic's citizens for sending this script with Mrs M in all her lunacy:
Ah me. They rarely write 'em like that any longer.
Lovely. I'll do you a nice packed lunch.