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Harrison Memorial in Westminster Abbey

Last Updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 12:53
Published on Thursday, 21 July 2005 00:00
John Harrison ( 1693-1776), the great clockmaker, whose development of the timepiece won the Longitude Prize ( as recorded in Dava Sobel's popular book), is to be memorialised in Westminster Abbey

The Dean of Westminster Abbey has approved the memorial in the form of a 4-tile diamond shaped stone set in the floor of the nave. The RAS is the proud owner of a Harrison Regulator (on long term loan to the Royal Observatory Greenwich).Harrison’s regulators were capable of keeping time within a second a month. The RAS clock, 1776, was only partly finished, but Harrison claimed it would have kept time
within a second in 100 days

D6786_1.jpg   The RAS Regulator

The Clockmaker's Livery is leading the appeal for funds to cover the cost of the memorial which it is hoped will be inaugurated on March 24,(Harrison's birthday), 2006