Meeting 13th March 2018

Talk by Mark Davies

“James Sadler of Oxford : the First English Aeronaut”

Venue : SC Village Hall

Date/Time : Tuesday 13th March 2018  7.30 pm

Mark Davies’ illustrated talk described the life of James Sadler (1753-1828), an Oxford pastry cook with no formal education, focussing mainly on his achievements as a pioneer in the earliest days of hot-air and gas ballooning in the last quarter of the 18th century - achievements which rivalled those of Montgolfier and other early balloonists.

About the Speaker

Mark Davies is a local historian, walks and river-cruises guide, speaker, writer and author of the first biography of James Sadler (1753-1828).

Mark has previously given a talk to the Society on the Abingdon Turnpike Murder.

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