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‘King of all Balloons’: James Sadler Online Talk

By Mark Davies for those who enjoy history

Join us for an online talk by historian Mark Davies about 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.

2 - 3.15pm

The talk will last approximately one hour and will include the opportunity to ask questions afterwards.   

To join this talk, you will need a computer device with speakers. Ideally, also a webcam and microphone. You also need to be able to access the internet from it. First-time users of Zoom, will be asked to download a small piece of software, which will be sent in advance. 

Book online at https// 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.


About Berkshire Family History Society

This event is organised by Berkshire Family History Society, a registered charity number 283010.