John Heathcoat

Inventor, Politician

1783 – 1861

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Who was John Heathcoat?

John Heathcoat was an English inventor from Duffield in Derbyshire. During his apprenticeship he made an improvement to the warp-loom, so as to produce mitts of a lace-like appearance. He set up his own business in Nottingham but was forced to move away to Hathern in Leicestershire, and after this new factory was attacked by former Luddites in 1816 he moved the business to Tiverton in Devon where it became most successful and established the Tiverton lace-making industry.

Later in life he served as Member of Parliament for Tiverton.

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Born
Aug 7, 1783
Duffield, Derbyshire
Nationality
  • England
Profession
Died
Jan 18, 1861
Tiverton, Devon

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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