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Colin Heseltine24/06/2022 16:05:50
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With the phenomenal range of interests within these forums, I am hoping someone can point me in the right direction to find some information out.

I have a marine chronometer and a marine barometer both supposedly manufactured by Mrs Janet Taylor, 104 Minories, London, somewhere around 1845-1865.

Some of you may have read about her life in the book 'Mistress of Science' (The story of the remarkable Janet Taylor, Pioneer of Sea Navigation).

I am trying to find any records relating to the manufacture of said instruments. I know in many cases manufacture was by others and then had the sellers name affixed. I am sure I have seen a comment somewhere that Dents made them on her behalf.

Does anyone have any information or can provide and guidance on where to try and find some answers.

Many Thanks,

Colin

Michael Brett 124/06/2022 17:19:47
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I have no idea , but if I was looking for information I would try the science museum London, good place to start.

Mike

David George 124/06/2022 17:25:07
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You can try the museum of timekeeping Upton Nr Newark Notts.

http://www.museumoftimekeeping.org.uk/

David

SillyOldDuffer24/06/2022 17:49:52
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Grace's Guide have a page on the lady. A subscription is needed to scan 'The Engineer' and 'Engineering' magazines, which might have more information.

Peter Cook 624/06/2022 18:43:57
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Also try the Maritime museum at Greenwich

They have a lot of records of ships chronometers - they used to test (Royal observatory) the Navy's chronometers and still have the records.

Michael Gilligan24/06/2022 20:35:07
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This may be of interest: **LINK**

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/An_Epitome_of_Navigation_and_Nautical_As.html?id=rvg_BRfIckEC&redir_esc=y

She also has a Wikipedia page

MichaelG.

Colin Heseltine25/06/2022 11:12:39
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Thanks guys. I have contacted a couple of these and await any info they can give me.

Colin

John Haine25/06/2022 11:30:45
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The AHS has a member-searchable index of its own journal, BHJ, and others going back to when the BHI was founded. A search on the exact name yields one result:

HJ vol.024 No.09-12 May 1882 - Aug 1882 (Page 17) (17.2 MB)

…hipping use to be the successors of the late Mrs. Janet Taylor, a teacher of navigation in the Minories. The fir…

Colin Heseltine25/06/2022 12:37:49
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John,

Do I need to join the AHS in order to be able to view this document.

Thanks,

Colin

John Haine25/06/2022 14:29:42
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You can also find it through the BHI website if you're a member. I used the AHS search because it automatically looks at a range of journals.

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