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George Pocock, 1774-1843, moved his school to Prospect Place in 1800. It prospered for 43 years and trained boys to become men of business. Pocock was a remarkable man. He invented a boy spanking machine for unruly pupils (the Royal Patent Self-acting Ferule) and an inflatable 12-foot globe for travellers. His most famous invention was the Charvolant, or kite-propelled carriage, in which he took his family and horse on an excursion to Marlborough from Bristol.

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Taken on March 4, 2009