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Messrs Watt and Boulton
Liverpool 9th Novem 1790
I have been considering of the conversation Mr Galton & I had respecting the merits of the Steam Engine as I am going to have some Sugar Works erected in the Island of Trinidad. Wish to have your Ideas & the opinion of experienc'd people how far it would be practicable to erect them on that plan: the Want of Wind & Water the principle on which they are at present work'd, retards the progress so very much, particularly in crop time, that if an Engine could be invented with a certainty of its answering the purpose, the Rolers so contriv'd that if possible to have a greater effect in the pressing of the Cane than what is at present used but I must observe to you that without Wood fire will answer the same purpose as coal, the undertaking would be very hazardous, Coals could not be laid in at that island for less than 71/6 pr Chaldron, the duty being 15/6.I shall thank you to give me every information of the practicability of this scheme for could it be made to answer, a large field would be open in that quarter of the Globe, the King of Spain having granted a Loan of a million of Dollars to the Inhabitants of Trinidad for the purpose of erecting Sugar Works & purchase of Slaves which I am to have the supplying of. Should be happy to give every encouragement in the introduction of such a plan with yourself & I can engage the Governor will do the same. your reply will oblige
Sir Your assd Hbl Servt
John Dawson

Could it not be contriv'd that the waist Fire assist in the boiling house by a damper to stop it occasionally

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Lickey Hills Country Park


Covering an area of 524 acres the Lickey Hills Country Park is one of Birmingham’s most varied and treasured parks. Located only 10 miles south west of Birmingham it has been enjoyed by generations of families from near and far.
The Lickey Hills Country Park offers many things to many people – a place for family fun, for walking the dog, for peace and quiet, for wildlife, walking, cycling, orienteering, golf, tennis, bowls, horse riding, school trips, or maybe just for the views and a cup of tea.
The Lickey Hills Country Park boasts a complex and interesting geology which has created a mosaic of habitats. These include woodlands, heathland and grassland along with an incredible diversity of wildlife.


Visitor Centre - As the focal point of the Country Park, the centre is where information, books, maps, postcards and gifts can be found. Displays exhibitions and occasional craft sales are held here. There is good indoor and outdoor seating at the café which serves light snacks. WCs, including disabled facilities are located here as are the Park Rangers. The centre is located at the end of Warren Lane off Rose Hill. Staffed all year round, open daily from 10:00am until 5:50pm in the summer and 4:30pm in the winter.

Education – Birmingham Parks Ranger Service works to achieve better understanding of wildlife and the natural environment at all levels, from introductory walks and talks, Education Naturally and curriculum-linked primary programmes through to university research projects. Please follow this link to find out more or to book a school session.

Walking – The Country Park has a number of way marked trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty. In addition there are a multitude of minor paths and tracks that can be followed. These way marked trails along with other walks on and around the hills are included in the booklet “Lickey Hills Country Park – Great Walks” which is available for purchase at £3 from the Visitor Centre.

Horse Riding and Cycling – The Park has a series of bridleways which can be used by both horse riders and off-road cyclists. Maps of these permissive tracks are available form the Visitor Centre.

Dog Walking - Dogs must be kept under control at all times and must be kept on a lead around the visitor centre and playground. Dog Bins are available across the site. The responsibility to clean up after dogs remains with the owners and failure to comply can result in a penalty of £1,000. Free dog poop bags are available from the Visitor Centre.

Families and Children – There is a children’s adventure playground and free table-tennis table near the visitor centre and close to the golf clubhouse is a tri-golf course designed for children. There are grassy areas for kite flying and other games and rounders equipment can be borrowed from the Visitor Centre

How to find us

Full Address:

Lickeys Hills Country Park

The Visitor Centre
Lickey Hills Country Park
Warren Lane
B45 8ER

By Car – From the centre of Birmingham, take the A38 Bristol Road South to the Longbridge Island and the B4120 Lickey Road to Rednal. At the Rednal Island, take the B4096 Rose Hill, which leads directly to the Country Park.

By Bus – routes and services are constantly changing, so we suggest you consult your local service providers.

By Train – the nearest station to the Country Park is in Barnt Green with a regular service from both Birmingham New Street and Redditch. www.thetrainline.com

For a more detailed map please follow this link to Googlemaps

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Opening Times - The car park gates are open across the Park by 7.30am all year. Closing times vary in line with dusk. During the winter from late October the Park closes at 5.15pm until late January when it rises incrementally up to 21.45pm by mid-May. At the end of July the closing times fall back down incrementally to 5.00pm by mid-November.

Car Parking - All car parks are free and the above opening times apply to all.

Warren Lane – close to the visitor centre, includes parking for people with disabilities.
Monument Lane – Beacon Hill and Toposcope.
Rose Hill and Old Rose & Crown – golf course, tennis, bowls.