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1st Lord ArmstrongBorn into an exciting world of innovation and discovery in 1810, William George Armstrong was to become as important an engineer as the Stephenson brothers and Brunel.

The son of a Tyneside corn merchant young William was originally destined for a career in law. But engineering was his passion. As a little boy Armstrong did not just play with his toys, he took them to bits to discover how they worked.

As well as engineering, Armstrong loved fishing. So much so he was given the nickname "Kingfisher" by his friends and family. His riverside experiences triggered a lifelong love of water and a fascination with hydro electricity. Armstrong's country home Cragside that he built near Rothbury in Northumberland became the first house in Britain to be lit by hydro electricity. He developed a hydraulic engine used in cranes and for lifting mechanisms.




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