John Heathcote, British industrial inventor

John Heathcote, British industrial inventor

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Caption: John Heathcote. Portrait of John Heathcote (1783- 1861), British inventor of machinery for making lace. After developing his first lace machine in 1804, Heathcote turned his attention to devising a machine that could make the intricate "pillow lace". He patented a machine in 1808, and in 1809 invented one which could make a type of net curtain ("Brussels Lace"). Heathcote manufactured his machines with a high standard of accuracy. Heathcote's lace-making factory was a success, but it was destroyed by protesters in 1816. He built another factory, & by making constant improvements to his machines amassed a large fortune, some of which he gave away as benevolent donations.

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