Master Watchmaker in London

Jun 26, 2017

Did everyone enjoy the English heat wave last week when Central London basked in temperatures of 31-33 degrees C? I had a pleasant cold beer in Red Lion Square in Holborn where I noticed a Blue Plaque announcing that no 12 Red Lion Square was once the home of John Harrison watch and clock maker who saved thousands of lives. In the 18th century, he invented a clock and then a pocket watch that kept excellent time on board ship resisting changes in pressure, humidity, temperature and the rocking of the ship. It effectively solved the problem of measuring longitude so ships could calculate accurately their position and not get lost. To help accuracy a red ball was put on top of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park by the Greenwich Meridian line so ships would wait on the Thames and when they saw the red ball rise and then fall they set their watches to 1pm. It still rises everyday at just before one o’clock.



Tags:
Category:

Add Pingback

Please add a comment

You must be logged in to leave a reply. Login »

Category List


Tag List

CAE (3)
Reading in English (1)
defining relative clauses (1)
english grammar help (1)
Francais (2)
Relaxing London (4)
the shard (1)
Covent Garden (1)
Tweed (1)
english as a foreign language (3)
making predictions (1)
Vocabulary notebook (8)
Hello from Ally (1)
the people's tower (1)
Business English (1)
english school online (1)
writing a mini-saga (1)
student study tips (1)
Insider info London (14)
english study tips (1)
New language (7)
Places to see in London (4)
Somewhere to visit London (1)
London Marathon (1)
Improve your vocabulary (5)
Free english lessons (10)
Journalist Course London (1)
New vocabulary (4)
spelling (1)
Learn English (15)
Peaceful London (2)
future tenses efl (1)
English vocabulary (3)
Sport Journalism Course (1)
Somewhere to visit (9)
past modal verbs (1)
English food (3)
study tips (9)
English grammar (4)
music festivals uk (1)
future tenses english (1)
FCE (4)
IELTS (2)
Where to visit London (3)
silent disco (1)
Beautiful London (8)
Social programme (1)
saga (1)
study english onlline (1)
Things to do in London (6)
Basic English mistakes (1)
Victoria park (1)
english courses london (1)
writing a mini saga (1)
Events in London (1)
Somewhere to go London (3)
grammar (1)
pronuciation (3)
Attractions in London (1)
english school (2)
Adjective (2)
Journalism evening course London (1)
mini-saga (1)
New blog (1)
Journalism Course London (1)
Learn english online (12)
Cambridge Exam Preparation (1)
Shopping in London (4)
free english grammar (2)
Journalism classes London (1)
Halloween (2)
Field day (1)
efl (4)
Historic moment (1)
exams (1)
Polite questions (1)
Islington Centre for English (6)
reading tips (1)
Cool as a cucumber (1)
Vocabulary (11)
Winter in London (6)
London markets (4)
london events (1)
narrative voice (2)
Listening in English (2)
Students (2)
World Naked Bike Ride (1)
London (5)
Barney Ronay (1)
english grammar online (1)
Christmas in London (3)
Learning tips (10)
Recording vocabulary (3)
English tips (4)
Journalism Masterclass (1)
ILEC (1)
Things to see in London (4)
english school london (12)
english review (1)
english course london (12)
grammar tips (1)
things to do london (1)
Idiom (3)
english grammar tips (1)
study english (1)
ICE (5)
Fun (1)
London Summer (7)
English (1)
past modals (1)
Tourist tips (5)
music festival London (1)
Cycling (1)

Tag Cloud

the shardILECBeautiful LondonVocabulary notebookenglish grammar onlineenglish grammar tipsenglish as a foreign languageLondon MarathonChristmas in LondonBusiness EnglishSocial programmeJournalism MasterclassStudentsmusic festivals ukTourist tipseflfuture tenses eflCambridge Exam PreparationICEBasic English mistakesLondon SummerIdiomNew blogWinter in Londonenglish reviewLearning tipsJournalism Course LondonVictoria parkenglish school londonSomewhere to visit Londonstudy tipsPolite questionsEnglish foodthe people's towerListening in EnglishReading in Englishwriting a mini sagaJournalist Course Londonfuture tenses englishNew languagestudent study tipsBarney RonayHello from AllyThings to see in LondonCAEwriting a mini-saganarrative voicelondon eventsNew vocabularyImprove your vocabularypronuciationHalloweenCyclingpast modal verbsCovent GardenEnglish vocabularymaking predictionsreading tipssagaIslington Centre for EnglishIELTSCool as a cucumberLondon marketsFrancaisstudy englishTweedmini-sagaJournalism evening course LondonWorld Naked Bike RideJournalism classes Londonstudy english onllinefree english grammarVocabularyInsider info Londongrammar tipsAttractions in LondonLearn english onlineenglish schoolRecording vocabularypast modalsenglish course londonThings to do in LondonLearn EnglishSport Journalism CoursespellingRelaxing LondonEnglish tipsgrammarmusic festival Londonsilent discoenglish study tipsFunShopping in Londonthings to do londonexamsFCEenglish grammar helpSomewhere to visitWhere to visit LondonFree english lessonsField daydefining relative clausesEvents in LondonEnglish grammarEnglishLondonPeaceful LondonSomewhere to go LondonHistoric momentPlaces to see in Londonenglish courses londonAdjectiveenglish school online


Archive

We use cookies to enable essential services and functionality on our site and to collect data on how visitors interact with our site, products and services. By clicking accept, you agree to our use of these tools for advertising, analytics and support.