‘King of all Balloons’: James Sadler talk
Oxford pastry cook & England’s first aeronaut
There are several Berkshire associations within the story of James Sadler (1753–1828), the unlikely first Englishman ever to build and fly a hot-air balloon. His wife came from Abingdon, for instance. And the first English woman to fly, as a result of Sadler’s expertise, came plausibly from Bucklebury.
Subsequently an engineer, designer of armaments, and Chemist to the Navy, Sadler returned to ballooning after a gap of 24 years in 1810. He and his son Windham set numerous records while ascending from some 40 British towns and cities. Many being the first ever from those places. Yet despite a lifetime of achievement, which brought him into contact with some of the most significant names in Georgian Britain, Sadler ended his days in impoverished obscurity.
Pre-booking for this talk is required because places are limited. Full joining instructions will be emailed to attendees in advance. Bookings close one day before the event.
This talk is organised by Berkshire Family History Society, a registered charity number 283010.
2 - 3.15pm
Virtual Event here
Zoom - talk link will be emailed after booking
Thu 28 Jan 2021