THE STEAM HOUSE
The Steam House is also a historic monument located in Herstmonceux Sussex, just a few miles from Rudyard Kipling's house; 'Batemans,' at Burwash. Strange that a famous author of books about India, such as the "Jungle Book," should be so closely sited. Kipling died in the same year that electricity generation ceased in Herstmonceux; 1936. Jules Verne passed away in 1905, just as Charles de Roemer was developing his distribution system in the village. For sure, Rudyard Kipling and Charles de Roemer knew each other, as electricity innovators. Charles also passed in the thirties.
What with Verne predicting that hydrogen would be the fuel of the future, these authors are kindred spirits of sorts, despite one living in France and the others in England. Jules Verne was a frequent traveler to London and the south coast.
Steam House (French: La maison à vapeur) is an 1880
Jules Verne novel recounting the travels of a group of British colonists in the Raj in a wheeled house pulled by a steam-powered mechanical elephant. Verne uses the mechanical house as a plot device to have the reader travel in nineteenth-century India. The descriptions are interspersed with historical information and social commentary.
One of the Extraordinary Voyages series in 1880, 'La Maison à vapeur' (original title) was preceded by "Tribulations of a Chinaman in China" and followed by "Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon."
'The Old Steam House,' is also a historic electricity generating station located in Sussex dating from 1890, which ten years after the publication of the Jules Verne book, began supplying electricity, first to Lime Park, Church Road, and then to the whole village of Herstmonceux, including an electrically powered bakery, the village hall, and a cinema. It was the dawn of the age of electricity, powered by coal.
A house on locomotive wheels, is pulled by a mechanical steam powered elephant
Jules Verne was the author of many adventure stories:
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
text Part 1, Part
Round the Moon (Extraordinary Voyages, #7)
Jules Verne is also known as the Father of Science Fiction
known for '20,000
Leagues Under the Sea' and Around
The World In Eighty Days, Jules Verne also authored a number of
other popular novels, that made it onto the big screen, such as 'The
Mysterious Island,' and 'Journey To The Centre Of The World.'
JULES VERNE LINKS & REFERENCE
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