Things I’ve written

My main publications:

Published February 2018 by the Boydell Press for EHS series People, Markets, Goods:

The Age of Machinery: Engineering the Industrial Revolution, 1770-1850

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Victoria County History of County Durham, V, Sunderland (Boydell and Brewer, 2015)

Sunderland: Building a City  (VCH Studies series: Phillimore, 2010)

Victoria County History of County Durham, IV, Darlington. (Boydell and Brewer, 2005)

The Townscape of Darlington (VCH Studies series: Boydell Press, 2003)

The Cable: Wire to the New World (Tempus Publishing, 2003, 2006; History Press, 2012).

A Victorian Scientist and Engineer: Fleeming Jenkin and the Birth of Electrical Engineering with C.A. Hempstead (Ashgate, 2000)

Gomersal: a Window on the Past with N.A. Cookson (Kirklees Cultural Services, 1992)



Henry Maudslay and the Pioneers of the Machine Age edited with J. A. Cantrell, (Tempus Publishing, 2003)

Reprint of John Hodgson, Textile Manufacture and Other Industries in Keighley [1879] edited and with a new introduction, with George Ingle (Shaun Tyas Press, 1999)



‘Sunderland Markets and the Myth of the South Shields Donkey’, Durham County Local History Soc. Jnl, 81 (2017), 30-38.

‘The Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society, Past, Present and Future’, Local Historian, 46(4) (2016), 327-31.

Entries in the Dictionary of National Biography (2004): Sir Peter Fairbairn; James Kitson; Matthew Murray; Lewis Paul; Richard Roberts; James Walton; and (with D.T. Jenkins) Richard L. Hattersley; (2016): Rowland Burdon; Henry Bolckow; Joshua Wordsworth.

‘Menethorpe: Rediscovering a Lost Village’, Ryedale Historian, 25 (2011), 22-31.

‘The Making of Darlington’, in T. Faulkner, H. Berry and J. Gregory (ed.), Northern Landscapes: Representations and Realities of North East England (Boydell and Brewer, 2008).

Entries in P.S.M. Cross-Rudkin and M.M. Chrimes (ed.) Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland, ii, 1830-90 (2008) on Fleeming Jenkin and John Harris.

‘A City in Search of Yarn: the Journal of Edward Taylor of Norwich, 1817’, Textile History, 37 (1) (2006), 38-51.

‘Quaker Families and Business Networks in 19th-century Darlington’, Quaker Studies, 8 (2) (2004), 119-40.

‘Quaker Networks and the Industrial Development of Darlington, 1780-1870’, in Andrew Popp and J. F. Wilson (ed.), Industrial Clusters and Regional Business Networks in England, 1750-1970 (Ashgate, 2003).

‘The Golden Age of Electricity’ in I. Inkster et al (ed.), The Golden Age: Essays in British Social and Economic History, 1850-1870 (Ashgate, 2000).

‘The Transatlantic Telegraph Cable: Eighth Wonder of the World’, History Today, March 2000, 44-51.

‘”Ruinous Competition”: the French Atlantic Telegraph of 1869’, Entreprises et Histoire, 23 (1999), 1-16.

‘Engineering influences on Jekyll and Hyde’, Notes and Queries, 244, December 1999, 487-91.

‘Reconstructing a lost engineer: Fleeming Jenkin and problems of sources’, in A. Jarvis and K. Smith (ed.), Perceptions of Great Engineers II (Science Museum, 1998), pp. 25-31. ISBN 0 9063 6794 8.

‘The Mechanization of Yorkshire Card-making’, Textile History, 29 (1) (1998), 41-61.

‘Regarding the artisan: the role of traditional skills in the development of mechanical engineering’, in W. J. Ashworth (ed.), Approaches to the History of Engineering (Merseyside Maritime Museum/ Newcomen Society, 1997), pp. 9-17.

 ‘Building Plans’, in Kathryn M. Thompson (ed.), Short Guides to Records (Historical Assoc. 1997). ISBN 085278 406 6.

‘Family Firms and Business Networks: Textile Engineering in Yorkshire, 1780-1830’, Business History, 39 (1) (1997), 1-20.

‘Millwrights, Clockmakers and the Origins of Textile Machine-making in Yorkshire’, Textile History, 27 (1) (1996), 43-57.

‘Innovation, Diffusion and Mechanical Engineers in Britain, 1780-1850’, Economic History Review, XLVII, 4 (1994), 749-53.

‘Early Textile Engineers in Leeds, 1780-1850’, Pub. Thoresby Soc., 2nd series, IV (1994), 40-61.