The Hancocks of Marlborough Rubber, Art and the Industrial Revolution: A Family of Inventive Genius Social & Industrial History John Loadman; Francis James Oxford University Press 2009 Hardback 274 pages 0199573557 | 9780199573554 | Product code: 86688 In one remarkable generation, the Hancock family transformed the technology of Victorian England. Thomas discovered vulcanization, thus establishing the British rubber industry. Walter designed the first railway carriages, while Charles developed the coating for the first transatlantic cables. Drawing on unpublished family archives, this accessible history traces the family's Wiltshire antecedents before surveying their achievements. Deftly blending personal anecdote with scientific detail, it is both a compelling family saga and a significant contribution to our understanding of the Industrial Revolution.