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The man who stopped smoking and saved marriages
There's nothing quite as comforting as an open coal fire.
The more so when it's the sole source of heating and cooking
as it was until not all that long ago. Coal fires are not
without their drawbacks, however, with blowdowns, red-rimmed
eyes and chronic coughs being the frequent result of the blustery
weather experienced in this part of the world. Effective chimney
pots were therefor always in demand and were a stable product
of the mill from the beginning. Pots of every descrition were
manufactured, the best known being the Bardon Mill Smoke Curer
- still popular today. Unusually, this successful design was
not a Bardon Mill original. It was an adaptation of the North
Eastern pot, so called because it was a standard fitting of
a North Eastern Railway Company property. The trouble was
when it came to preventing blowdowns it didn't! One of the
brothers, Isaac, decided on a modification to correct the
problem. But first he needed the exact dimensions of the North
Armed with a ruler, he climbed onto the roof and made the necessary measurements.
Back at the works, Isaac produced his blue print and developed a prototype. After much experimentation he arrived at the perfect solution to the blowdown problem.
Appreciation for Isaac's efforts can be found today among the Mill's records. Letters of thanks from people at the end of their tether, almost driven from their homes by constant smoke. The smoke Curer soon became known as the "marriage save", preventing many wives from leaving home and families from quitting tied houses and therefore their jobs.Strange to think that Isaac's rooftop exploits with his ruler could have such an important social consequence.