‘King of all Balloons’: James Sadler, Oxford pastry cook and first English aeronaut
Thursday 19 January
St Edmund Hall (Queen’s Lane)
Coffee/tea 7.30pm, talk 8pm
James Sadler (1753-1828) is noted in Oxford as the pioneer of hot-air ballooning. But he also spent 25 years as a designer of engines and armaments and as Chemist to the Royal Navy. Local historian Mark Davies will explore Sadler’s remarkable life and achievements.