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Dueling Pistols, with case and accessories, formerly property of John Blenkinsop (Unknown) (1 comment)
Black & White imageUndated. View of dueling pistols displayed with case, and accessories arranged on the lid. In the centre there is a plaque inscribed with the name of John Blenkinsop invented the rack and pinion rail which he patented in 1811. This proved to be a commercial success in conjunction with the steam engines built by Matthew Murray. The engines were run on a railway between Leeds and Middleton.
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Dueling Pistols, with case and accessories, formerly property of John Blenkinsop (Unknown)
Black & White imageUndated. View of a pair of duelling pistols complete with case and accessories, formerly the property of John Blenkinsop of Middleton. They were made in Alnwick and have the makers name and emblem inside the lid. John Blenkinsop worked for the Brandlings in Tyneside before being appointed as steward to the Middleton Estate where he took on responsibility for several coalmines and hundreds of workers. He resided at Middleton Hall between 1808 and his death in 1831. Blenkinsop was to make his mark in Leeds for designing and patenting the rack pinion rail in 1811, which was used for the first steam locomotives built by Matthew Murray of the Round Foundry, Water Lane, Holbeck.
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Middleton Broom Colliery (Middleton) (36 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. Old view of Middleton Broom Colliery which closed in 1968 and had been a large source of employment in the area. Middleton Park now occupies the site, separating Middleton from Belle Isle. Middleton Colliery had been sinking into a decline in 1811, during the Napoleonic Wars, but its fortunes were revived by John Blenkinsop's rack and pinion system in conjunction with Matthew Murray's lightweight steam locomotive, Salamanca. These two innovations enabled heavy loads of coal etc. to be taken to and from the mine without the need for horses (the fittest of which had been seconded to the wars.) In the late 1950s the line, which had fallen into a state of disrepair, was truncated and, by 1960, the rail traffic had been diverted on to a B.R. line. Middleton Broom Colliery was owned by Middleton Estate and Colliery Co. Ltd., Leeds in 1918.
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Middleton Primary School and Secondary Modern School, aerial view (Middleton) (68 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. Aerial view of Middleton, centred on a square occupied by two schools. Middleton Primary is at the top while the school at the bottom was probably at the time (1960s?) Middleton County Secondary Modern, which was segregated into boys on the left and girls on the right. This school was later to become John Blenkinsop Middle. Playing fields in between were presumably shared by the schools. At the top of the square is Middleton Park Avenue, to the left Acre Road, right Throstle Lane and bottom Sissons Terrace. Below are houses on Sissons Crescent, crossed by Sissons View. More Sissons are on the left of the picture and Throstles on the right.
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Middleton Railway, Moor Road (Hunslet)
Colour image2005. View of construction work in progress at the historic Middleton Railway. It opened in September 1758 and is the world's oldest working railway. Originally, the coal from Middleton Colliery was pulled along a wagonway to the coal staith at Casson Close near Leeds Bridge. At this time the mines were owned by the Brandling family. In around 1808, John Blenkinsop took over and became involved in innovative work to introduce steam locomotives to Middleton Colliery. He patented a rack and pinion railway and it was tested when a steam engine was run on 12th August at the Round Foundry, (founded in 1795 by Fenton, Murray & Wood). Matthew Murry became famous for building the world's first successful steam engine which was subsequently employed by John Blenkinsop at Middleton Colliery from 1812.
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