Trowbridge Inventors

In Georgian and Victorian Times, Britain was to become known for its inventors, and several major figures came from Trowbridge.

Isaac Pitman the inventor of a world famous shorthand method

Isaac Pitman

Isaac Pitman had a dramatic effect on the workplace with his method of shorthand, which freed owners and managers from the time-consuming task of responding  directly to correspondence, making them more productive. Whilst the typewriter was to later mechanise this process, Pitman’s shorthand was the vital link. Isaac was not the only inventor in the family, for his brother, Ben, invented an electrochemical process of relief engraving.

A rotary fulling machine

Rotary Fulling Machine

George Haden - engineer and inventor

George Haden

John Dyer invented the rotary fulling machine, which mechanised the fulling of woollen cloth during the finishing process. Possibly one of the most successful was George Hayden, who patented a number of inventions for improving the production of woollen cloth, but also in the heating and ventilation of buildings. His company went on to provide heating systems for King George IV in Windsor Castle, the Houses of Parliament and the British Museum Reading Room.