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GB Patent: GB-178,801,674
Steam engine
James Ashworth - Halifax, England
Robert Fourness - Halifax, England

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transportation machines : motor vehicles
propulsion and energy : steam engines


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Patent Dates:
Granted: Nov. 06, 1788

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Grace's Guide page on Robert Fourness
Abridged Specification
From "The History of the Automobile and Its Inventors", by Lymann Weeks: "(Robert) Fourness became a practical engineer and invented several labor-saving machines. One of his first inventions was for a machine to split hides, that was set up and operated in the establishment of his father. Later in life he established works for himself in Sheffield, and afterwards in Gailsborough. In 1788 he was a resident of Elland, Halifax, and there made a steam carriage that was run by a three-cylinder inverted engine. Spur-gearing transmitted the driving power from the crank shaft to the axle. His patent was taken out in conjuction with James Ashworth. This vehicle was mounted on two driving-wheels and had a small steering wheel in front."

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