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Devon inventor Thomas Newcomen remembered in Dartmouth

An inventor from Dartmouth who created the first widely-used steam engine will be remembered 300 years after it was created.

The memorial to Thomas Newcomen will include a profile of the engine.

The 8ft (2.44m) high memorial will stand on a roundabout at the entrance to the town.

It will be unveiled on Tuesday to "re-emphasise the connection between the town and the engineer", South Hams District Council has said.

Councillor Hilary Bastone said: "This is going to be a very fitting tribute to a great genius who was born in Dartmouth, but who changed the world."

By the time Mr Newcomen died in 1729 there were at least 100 of his engines in Britain and across Europe.

To mark the anniversary, improvements have also been made to other areas of the town including the Engine House and Royal Avenue Gardens.

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