First installation of James Watt's stationary rotary steam engine in a cotton mill

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Historical Context Note

This was a crucial step in the application of the increasing power available from the improved Boulton-Watt steam engine to the enormous industrial spinning mills which Richard Arkwright had been developing since the 1770s. Such was the increasing efficiency of the Watt engine that Arkwright believed it worth trying and he installed steam power at his Albion Mill in London. Arkwright's installation proved a success, and by 1800 over five hundred Boulton-Watt engines were in place in mines and factories throughout Britain. For further information please see our article on the Industrial Revolution, …

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Editors. "First installation of James Watt's stationary rotary steam engine in a cotton mill". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 December 2007; last revised 06 January 2009.
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