Impact: Opinions of steam power
Steam power helped Britain's industries grow quickly.
Steam provided flexibility. No longer reliant on uncertain wind or water power, factories moved from river banks to expanding industrial towns. Above all, steam power could be expanded at will. In 1827 writer John Farey saw steam as a force for good:
'The high state of wealth... which the English people have attained within the last half century, has been... promoted by the application of the... steam-engine.'
What did others think of steam power?