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Institutiones Horologicae by Benjamin Martin

Institutiones Horologicae, or, A Physico-Mathematical Theory of Clock-Work is a little known work by Benjamin Martin being the horological section of a much larger work printed in London for W. Owen, at Homer’s Head near Temple Bar, Fleet Street. The … Continue reading

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King’s, Canons and Chronophage

Living near Oxford I have been in several of the colleges, all beautiful old buildings with a fascinating history and historic libraries. I have often wondered what the colleges are like in Cambridge so Ros and I went for a … Continue reading

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Thomas Cole, Clockmaker

I am often asked ‘Who is your favourite clockmaker?’ and the answer has to be Thomas Cole, the great Victorian maker. This is because of the beautiful design, the superb engraving and the excellent quality of his clocks. He was born … Continue reading

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Blue Plaques

The news recently that a blue plaque, commemorating the birth place of Larcum Kendall, has been unveiled in Charlbury Oxfordshire, 15 miles from where I live, set me thinking about which other English clock and watch makers are remembered in … Continue reading

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Books on Marine Chronometers

I was asked recently to recommend a book on marine chronometers. This is not an easy question to answer as I have 20 or more books on the subject on my own bookshelves. The first two books below are the essential ones to … Continue reading

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