The Lodge Igniter and Oliver Lodge

Oliver Lodge, born in Penkhull, Stoke on Trent in 1851, invented the electric spark ignition (the 'Lodge Igniter') for the internal combustion engine.

Two of his sons established the Lodge Plug Company. This model D was made in about 1907 by Lodge Brothers & Co.

He is better known for his pioneering work in radio and was the first man to transmit a message by wireless (1894). A complex mix of scientist, humanitarian, academic and spiritualist , he made many attempts to contact the spirit of his son who was killed during the Great War.