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London horology and watchmaking in the 17th & 18th century

A timeline of English horology in London

c1640

Joseph Windmills is born.

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Joseph Windmills is born

1650's

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), a French Scientist wears a watch on his wrist – the first recorded.

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Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), a French Scientist wears a watch on his wrist – the first recorded

1660

After acceding to the throne, King Charles II founded the Royal Society and the Royal Observatory at Greenwich.

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After acceding to the throne, King Charles II founded the Royal Society and the Royal Observatory at Greenwich

1665

Samuel Pepys is midway through his diary writing years, and documents the Great Plague.

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Samuel Pepys is midway through his diary writing years, and documents the Great Plague

1666

The Great Fire of London destroys more than half of the 160 recorded premises of clockmakers.

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The Great Fire of London destroys more than half of the 160 recorded premises of clockmakers

1668

Sir Christopher Wren continues design work for St Paul's Cathedral and 50 other London City churches.

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Sir Christopher Wren continues design work for St Paul's Cathedral and 50 other London City churches

1671

The first recorded clock signed Joseph Windmills.

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The first recorded clock signed Joseph Windmills

1676

The concentric minute hand similar to that in use today, was used by Daniel Quare, a famous London maker.

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The concentric minute hand similar to that in use today, was used by Daniel Quare, a famous London maker

1689

King William III & Queen Mary II accede to the throne and reign until their deaths in 1702 and 1694 respectively.

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King William III & Queen Mary II accede to the throne and reign until their deaths in 1702 and 1694 respectively

1694

Bank of England founded.

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Bank of England founded

1695

The half-quarter repeater watch was introduced in England, striking a chime on the quarter and half hour.

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The half-quarter repeater watch was introduced in England, striking a chime on the quarter and half hour

1699

Joseph Windmills sworn and elected as youngest warden of the Clockmakers Company.

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Joseph Windmills sworn and elected as youngest warden of the Clockmakers Company

1700

The partnership of Joseph and his son Thomas begins.

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The partnership of Joseph and his son Thomas begins

1718

Thomas Windmills is elected Master of the Clockmakers Company.

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Thomas Windmills is elected Master of the Clockmakers Company

1724

After fifty-two years in the watchmaking trade, Joseph Windmills passes away, leaving the family business to Thomas.

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After fifty-two years in the watchmaking trade, Joseph Windmills passes away, leaving the family business to Thomas

1737

Death of Thomas Windmills.

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Death of Thomas Windmills