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Two Famous Clockmakers

 
 
Two Famous Clockmakers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2017
1. Two Famous Clockmakers Marker
Inscription.
On this site
lived
two famous
clockmakers
Thomas Tompion
FRS
"The Father
of English Clockmaking"
1638-1713
and
George Graham
FRS
1673-1751
Both buried in
Westminster Abbey

 
Location. 51° 30.85′ N, 0° 6.454′ W. Marker is in City of London, England. Marker is at the intersection of Fleet Street and Whitefriars Street, on the left when traveling west on Fleet Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 66 Fleet Street, City of London, England EC4Y 1HT, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Anti-Corn-Law League (here, next to this marker); The Daily Express (a few steps from this marker); All the Year Round, conducted by Charles Dickens (within shouting distance of this marker); The Standard (within shouting distance of this marker); Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (within shouting distance of this marker); Bradbury & Evans (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnson's Court (within shouting distance of this marker); British Institute of Professional Photography (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of London.
 
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Two Famous Clockmakers Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2017
2. Two Famous Clockmakers Marker - Wide View
The Clockmakers marker is visible here just to the right of the building entrance, while the Anti-Corn-Law League marker is just to the left of the entrance.

1. Thomas Tompion (Wikipedia). "Thomas Tompion (1639–1713) was an English clockmaker, watchmaker and mechanician who is still regarded to this day as the Father of English Clockmaking. Tompion's work includes some of the most historic and important clocks and watches in the World and can command very high prices whenever outstanding examples appear at auction. A plaque commemorates the house he shared on Fleet Street with his equally famous pupil and successor George Graham....As England's most prominent watchmaker, Tompion's workshop built about 5,500 watches and 650 clocks during his career. Tompion's clocks are known for their ingenuity of design and robust construction. His three-train grande sonnerie bracket clocks are masterpieces. Those interested in mechanics are particularly attracted to the mechanisms of such clocks and his repeating watches as they are quite complex, indeed it could even be said over-complex, though efficient in operation. He shares this characteristic with the later French-Swiss watchmaker Breguet....Another of Tompion's innovations was to create a numbering system for his spring and longcase clocks, which is thought to be the first time that a serial numbering system was applied to manufactured goods." (Submitted on December 19, 2017.) 

2. George Graham (clockmaker) (Wikipedia). "George Graham (7 July 1673 – 20 November 1751) was an English clockmaker, inventor, and geophysicist, and a Fellow of the Royal Society....Graham was partner to the influential English clockmaker Thomas Tompion during the last few years of Tompion's life. Graham is credited with inventing several design improvements to the pendulum clock, inventing the mercury pendulum and also the orrery....He was widely acquainted with practical astronomy, invented many valuable astronomical instruments, and improved others....His major contribution to geophysics was the discovery of the diurnal variation of the terrestrial magnetic field in 1722/23. He was also one of the first to notice long-term secular change in the direction of the compass needle...." (Submitted on December 19, 2017.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 19, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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