The Three Grinners
The Boulton Watt and Murdock statue, by William Bloye (1956), remembers these three 18th century Birmingham industrialists. Mathew Boulton ran the Soho Manufactory and later with James Watt provided steam engines to help power the industrial revolution. William Murdoch lived for some years in Redruth installing and maintaining steam engines for tin and copper mines. He made a model steam car and is also credited with inventing gas lighting. His cottage at the Soho Foundry still exists.