This colourful print of a hot-air balloon flight caught my eye while I was cataloguing a collection of prints and drawings relating to Hackney and other East London boroughs. As it happens to be the 204th anniversary of the event depicted, it seemed the perfect opportunity to share the story. Read more…
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The very first English ‘magnificent man in his flying machine’ – a pastry chef and Oxfordshire hero When ballooning first began in Europe in 1783 with the first flight by Pilatre de Rozier over Paris, the race was on between the European powers to emulate the feat. No-one wanted to be left behind in the [...]
FEARS an anniversary event to record a landmark balloon flight from Oxford could be cancelled completely have been quashed after a local school stepped in to save the day. Dave Davies and Dave Dunphy planned to release 231 balloons in Oxpens Meadow on Sunday to mark the number of years since James Sadler’s inaugural flight [...]
WHAT better way could there be to see Oxford’s dreaming spires than from the silent pinnacle of a hot air balloon? That is the vision of two businessmen who want to create a “tethered balloon experience” in Oxpens meadow behind Oxford Ice Rink. The pair want to pay tribute to one of the city’s greatest [...]
Those magnificent men and their flying machines hope to bring a bit of joy to the skies of Oxford. It’s not unusual to see the Virgin balloon hovering high above the dreaming spires and the idea that a tethered balloon could bring the experience a little closer to Oxford residents is rather exciting. And how [...]
The first ever hot air balloon flight from Manchester is being commemorated with the display of lyrics from an 18th century ballad at the Central Library. The ‘broadside’ is a musical recounting of English balloonist James Sadler’s famous flight from Long Millgate to Radcliffe in 1785 – the song lyrics also highlight the danger posed [...]
Two hundred years ago James Sadler was a name on every Englishman’s lips. The pastry chef from Oxford with a gift for science became the first ever Englishman to fly. So why is his name virtually unknown today? Tens of thousands of expectant faces had lined Hyde Park in London for a glimpse of the [...]
Say what you want about the constellations of modern stars, but it is doubtful whether any celebrity in the 21st Century would have the power to visit Bristol one day and expect every school, shop and factory to close. Plus have the day formally decreed as a public holiday by the Council. Yet that is [...]
BALLOONS floated into the air at Woodeaton at the weekend to mark the anniversary of a historic balloon landing 231 years ago. Hundreds watched the release of 30 balloons in tribute to pioneering Oxford aeronaut James Sadler. The Oxford pastry chef built and flew a hot air balloon from the city centre to Woodeaton on [...]