I thought long and hard on which event to start the story of William West with. After some deliberation it boiled down to one of two good tales; the bottle of gin, teacher, and roaring open fire, or the Candle story. It was the candle story that won, so if you desire to know more about the fate of the gin soaked teacher of West’s very brief education, then skip to the bottom of this page.
Trevithick’s cottage now lies , white washed and pristine, in the care of the National Trust in the village of Penpond, south west of Camborne.
The world had missed its chance, it would now have to wait until on 1830 before the first passenger railway was open, George Stephenson’s Liverpool and Manchester Railway.
That eight year old boy would through a mixture of chance, skills, and perseverance
become an engineer. Just like Trevethick he would design steam engines, and just like Trevithick he would add his innovations to the engineering world, but unlike Trevithick he would build and run his own successful railway. William West was the boy that held the candle for Richard Trevithick.
To learn about that Gin fueled incident then have a read of one of these: