Philip M Hosken

Philip is a descendant of Edward Hosken, son of the first William at Loggans, who farmed at Drannack in Gwinear.

In addition to his study of the families in this book with whom he is directly associated, he has also researched the life, achievements and descendants of Richard Trevithick, having written two books about the little credit he received for his inventiveness.

Having been associated with the recording of Cornwall’s rich history of mining, heavy industry and shipping through his years as chairman of the Trevithick Society, Philip realised that little had been documented about the important contributions made by the butchers, bakers and candlestick makers, with the tool, wagon and harness makers, to Cornwall’s achievements.

His access to many of the H.T.P. company records and assistance from family members provided him with the material for this original research. With a personal background of international company development, he was able to record and review the activities of the company’s directors, staff and customers.

There is much more interesting, amusing material to be revealed about Cornwall’s commercial life, and Philip hopes that other authors will be moved to record it.

‘The Missing Years in the history of steam engineering endeavour are those between the conclusion of James Watt’s extended patent on the ‘steam’ engine in 1800 and the dawn of the Railway Age in 1830. During this vital time there was feverish activity in the production of steam engines as industrialists demanded the new, more efficient, compact, high-pressure engines, and manufacturers rushed to supply them. In all this excitement few historians accurately recorded how the new technology had emerged. The history of steam engineering is left with a gap that has been filled by crediting Watt with something he did not do, and crediting subsequent engineers with having invented the engines they merely built.’ This is the story of Richard Trevithick, true inventor of the steam engine. For anyone interested in Cornwall, the Eden Project or the tale of an honest, hard working, irrepressible Cornishman and the selfless love for his county that, in the end, transcended everything else."
Amazon review
A forgotten genius
Trevithick has been a long time hero and this book gives fresh information on this giant of a man, phsically and intellectually. A visionary engineer pioneering high pressure engines in the face of bitter criticism from his rivals. Sadly his genius did not meet with the personal and financial success it deserved and he died at a relatively early age in Dartford, far from his Cornish homeland. l raise my hat to him everytime l pass his statue in Camborne.