Thomas Hancock

Died aged c. 79

Thomas Hancock (8 May 1786 – 26 March 1865), elder brother of inventor Walter Hancock, was an English self-taught manufacturing engineer who founded the British rubber industry. He invented the masticator, a machine that shredded rubber scraps and which allowed rubber to be recycled after being formed into blocks or sheets. A blue plaque commemoration is placed on No. 4 High Street in Marlborough, Wiltshire in his honour (also one for his brother).

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Thomas Hancock 1786-1865 inventor of the vulcanisation of rubber. Walter Hancock 1799-1852 inventor of the passenger steam road carriage lived here

Oxford Street, Marlborough, United Kingdom where they lived

On this site lived and worked Thomas Hancock (1786-1865) inventor and founder of the British rubber industry

Banstead Court, Green Lanes, N4, London, United Kingdom where they lived and worked