Henry Tracey Coxwell was born 2nd March 1819 and died in Seaford in 1900 trained as a dentist before becoming a professional aviator and man carrying balloon manufacturer, having his factory in Richmond Road Seaford. On September 5th 1862, having previously made several hundred ascents in various coal gas filled balloons, he established a world altitude record woth his friend, Dr James Glaisher, a meteorologist of note. They attained an altitude of 37,000 feet without of oxygen or special clothing. That record has never been broken. Coxwell set up a balloon warfare department for the German government. Over many years he tool many passengers aloft to experience flight.
Coxwell and his wife lived in Sandford House, Connaught Road and is buried in Seaford Cemetery. The memorial tablet to him is in St Peter's Church Blatchington and a road, Coxwell Close his named after him.
by Peter Fellows - Seaford Museum & Heritage Society.
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