A pocket flintlock pistol being cocked by a gentleman of the 18th century

Travel

Travelling the roads of England in the 17th and 18th century was a dangerous business as crime was rife. The growth of trade generated wealth and a travelling community.

These traders and travellers represented rich pickings for the highwayman and footpad. There was no organised force to deter and detect crime. The country was served by local constables and watch patrols who were often inefficient.

In defence of their trade and profits, travellers armed themselves and their transport more heavily than before.

Highwayman film from the gallery

18th century traveler in coach with pistol - link to YouTube video

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First commercial steel melting

Benjamin Huntsman of Sheffield is widely credited with the first commercial melting of steel in around 1740, using his crucible process. However, the melting of steel had long been practiced in central Asia and India and was known as Damascus steel.