Kite Propelled Transport

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Years before cars were invented, a Clifton schoolmaster was travelling at 25mph in his amazing Charvolant and terrorising local villages.

George Pocock ran his own academy in the city and also went around as an itinerant evangelical preacher, barnstorming the local mining community from a tent mission he pitched in their midst and waging a private war with the official Methodist authorities.

He had a passion for building box-kites and kite-propelled carriages, a subject on which he wrote a book, The Aeropleustic Art, and raced them between Bristol and Marlborough at speeds of up to 20 mph, sometimes with his daughters aboard.