Bryan Donkin, The Very Civil Engineer, 1768-1855
Maureen Greenland and Russ Day.
Phillimore Book Publishing, 2016 ISBN 978-0-9934680-1-8
This biography can be ordered from Sayers Bookstore



Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Wikipedia Entry for Bryan Donkin

Most of the Donkin Archive is held at The Derbyshire Record Office Matlock Derbyshire. These include many drawings,patents, minute books, order books catalogues & brochures letters and photographs, etc. They also have a blog which often contains entries about Bryan Donkin

National Portrait Gallery

Article on BBC News Magazine about Bryan Donkin, “The story of how the tin can nearly wasn’t”

2013 was the 200th anniversary of can making. Here is an article from the Canmaker about Bryan Donkin’s role.

In 1953 the Bryan Donkin Company published a book to celebrate the company’s 150th  birthday. It tells the history of Bryan Donkin and of the company.

Bryan Donkin is buried in the family tomb in Nunhead Cemetery South London

Nunhead Cemetery is perhaps the least known, but most attractive, of the great Victorian Cemeteries of London. Consecrated in 1840, it is one of the seven great Victorian cemeteries established in a ring around the outskirts of London. It contains examples of the magnificent monuments erected in memory of the most eminent citizens of the day, which contrast sharply with the small, simple headstones marking common, or public, burials. It’s formal avenue of towering limes and the Gothic gloom of the original Victorian planting gives way to paths which recall the country lanes of a bygone era.
The Friends of Nunhead Cemetery (FONC) exists to represent all those with an interest in the cemetery. The group seeks to promote the conservation and appreciation of the cemetery as a place of remembrance, of historic importance and of natural beauty. There is a conducted tour of the cemetery, open to all, on the last Sunday of each month, starting from the Linden Grove gates at 2:15 p.m.

Dunedin Gasworks Museum Trust New Zealand Working Bryan Donkin  steam engine drivng a gass pressure booster supplied in 1926.

The Paper Trail .The first Bryan Donkin paper making machine was installed at Frogmore Mill Hertfordshire in 1803. Frogmore Mill is the very heart of the Paper Trail project and the ‘jewel in its crown’. It was at Frogmore that the world’s first machine for making a continuous roll of paper was built (the birth of paper’s industrial revolution) and Frogmore Mill is still producing paper today.

Paper History Channel Photographs of the first paper making machine in Norway made in 1838 by Bryan Donkin of London. Sketch of the same.

Bryan Donkin is on Facebook

Companies with strong connections to Bryan Donkin’s Company

Bryan Donkin Valves Ltd

Howden Blowers and Compressors

Bryan Donkin RMG Gas Controls Ltd

Bryan Donkin USA

Bryan Donkin RMG Canada Ltd.

Bombay Saphire Gin Distillery is now in a building which was Laverstoke Paper Mill where bank note paper was made. A Bryan Donkin Company papermaking machine was installed in about 1853. Bomaby Sapphire do Heritage Tours around the site, as well as other tours. English Heritage have produced a report on the site.