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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

20th February 1940 Tottenham and England footballer Jimmy Greaves was born in East Ham.

20th February 1847 Swashbuckling actor William Terriss was born in London.go to related location

20th February 1673 1st recorded wine auction held (London)

20th February 1547 The Coronation of Edward VI in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

Time was created here



Time was created here

Noted Watch and Chronometer Maker, Thomas Earnshaw Blue Plaque

Location: 119 High Holborn, WC1

Description: Thomas Earnshaw (4 February 1749 - 1 March 1829) was an English watchmaker who first simplified the process of marine chronometer production, making them available to the general public.

He's also known for his improvements to the transit clock at the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London and his invention of the chronometer escapement and the bimetallic compensation balance.

Although, he was principly a watchmaker, he didn't shy away from building clocks. When asked by Nevil Maskelyne, he produced a clock for the Armagh Observatory, which is recognised by horologists today as one of the world's most important clocks.

And so to this spot - yes here was the site of the business premises of Thomas Earnshaw which is now rightly adorned with a Blue Plaque.


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Noted Watch and Chronometer Maker, Thomas Earnshaw Blue Plaque


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