Description"John Wilkinson, born near Workington, is a Cumbrian little known to most people today. However, he was well known during the industrial revolution for his involvement in iron works and eventually garnered the title “Iron Mad John” for his experiments with using iron in unconventional ways. He even made his coffin out of iron. Wilson House courtesy Iron OakengatesHe was educated in Kendal at what was called the Dissenting Academy (the family, not being Anglican, did not want him attending the local school). His father, Isaac, who worked at the Backbarrow Ironworks foundry in Backbarrow, Furness taught him the skills necessary for ironworking. Isaac opened his own ironworks at Wilson House, near Lindale-in-Cartmel, in 1748....."
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