Saddle up, up and away!
James Sadler, a science technician at Oxford University took the first hot air balloon from Christ Church and the second from the Botanic Garden.
James Sadler was the son of James Sadler senior, an Oxford pastry cook, and his wife Elizabeth. James Sadler began experimenting with small gas-filled balloons while working as a laboratory technician in the University’s chemistry laboratory.
On 12 November 1784, Sadler’s second flight (this time from the Botanic Garden, and in a hydrogen balloon) reached Aylesbury after about twenty minutes.