The Story of Sir Henry Bessemer

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Cover of Sir Henry Bessemer book

“Onward Ever”: the motto of Sir Henry Bessemer is fitting for a man who displayed phenomenal energy, creativity and invention throughout his life. Bessemer (1813-98) was a self-educated inventor. In large part, his converter and steel-making process sparked the industrial revolution. They created the durable steel needed for bridges, buildings and railways.

2013 | 52 pages | Illustrated | ISBN 978-1-873520-95-6
£5.00 | Trade terms available

To mark his 200th anniversary year, the Herne Hill Society published a revised biography of Bessemer, with extensive material on the house and estate on Denmark Hill where he lived for the last 35 years of his remarkable life.

At the 2013 Walter Bor Media Awards for local history publications, this book was ‘commended’.

The book is such a professional presentation, and the photographs and images work so very well. The additional material, including the references to Mushet, Göransson and Gilchrist Thomas, and details of Bessemer House and Grange and their history, are so well researched and written. I had yet to see a picture of Hillcrest Lodge! The expanded section on SS Bessemer is also very impressive, and it was fascinating to see a picture of the saloon on location at Swanley. Many congratulations!

Paul Bessemer [great-great-grandson]

The Story of Sir Henry Bessemer is available direct from us, or from Herne Hill Books in Railton Road, London SE24.

Published by:

The Herne Hill Society
PO Box 27845
SE24 9XA

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This title can be consulted at the British Library. Shelfmark YK.2014.a.4205

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