Category 18th century business

Matthew Boulton enters the world – and leaves it all the better 80 years later.

Matthew Boulton was born on Monday 3rd September 1728 in Birmingham and died just short of his 81st birthday on Thursday 17th August 1809 in that same city.  In between these two events he made a tremendous impact on the life of his time – an impact that remains to this day. After managing his […]

Britain’s youngest ever Prime Minister

On Friday 19th December 1783, at an age of 24 years 205 days, William Pitt ’the Younger’ became – and remains – Britain’s youngest ever Prime Minister. It is said that he was almost born to be Prime Minister having become immersed in political life from a young age – apparently expressing parliamentary ambitions at […]

Not quite the tea party one wants!

Thursday 16th December 1773 was the day colonial America showed they were really getting fed-up with Britain. At the beginning of this month three ships of the East India Company – the Dartmouth, the Eleanor and the Beaver, all carrying tea for which the company had sole rights of supply, had arrived in Boston harbour. […]

250 years old today

250 years old today and still going strong – very strong. Who’s that? Christies the auctioners