Born

13 April 1771

Died

22 April 1833

Painting of Richard Trevithick
Image courtesy of Compair Holman
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1771

13th April: Richard was born in Tregajorran, near Illogan, Cornwall.

1790

Richard began work at East Stray Park Mine.

1797

7th November: Richard married Jane Harvey at St Erth, Cornwall.

Richard was employed as an engineer at Ding Dong Mine near Penzance, Cornwall.

1798

Richard and Jane’s son Richard was born.

1800

Richard and Jane’s daughter Anne was born.

Richard developed his high-pressure steam engine.

1801

Richard’s Puffin’ Devil became the world’s first full-scale, successful steam vehicle.

Diagram of Richard Trevithick's Puffin' Devil
Diagram of Richard Trevithick's Puffin' Devil

1803

Richard and Jane’s daughter Elizabeth was born.

1804

Richard’s steam locomotive made the world’s first rail journey at Penydarren, Wales.

1807

Richard and Jane’s son John was born.

1808

Richard’s family moved to live with him in London.

Richard’s steam locomotive ‘Catch me who can’ ran on a circular track in London.

1812

Richard’s Cornish Engine is used in mines in Cornwall and his steam thresher is used at Trewithen, near Probus.

Richard and Jane’s son Francis was born.

1816

Richard travelled to South America.

1817

Richard and Jane’s son Frederick was born.

1827

Richard returned from South America.

1830

Richard invented a room heater.

1832

Richard planned to build a 300-metre tower in London to mark the Great Reform Act.

1833

22nd April: Richard died in Dartford, Kent while working on his last contract.

1888

A stained glass window was placed in Westminster Abbey, showing Richard as St Piran with the Cornish flag.

1932

A statue of Richard was placed outside Camborne Library.

2002

A replica of Richard’s Puffin’ Devil was built by the Trevithick Society to mark the 200th anniversary of its first journey up Camborne Hill.

2004

A new £2 coin was made to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the word’s first railway journey at Penydarren. The coin showed Richard’s steam locomotive on one side.

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