By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more
Forum sponsored by:
Forum sponsored by Forum House Ad Zone

Chronometer and Barometer Info Required

All Topics | Latest Posts

Search for:  in Thread Title in  
Colin Heseltine24/06/2022 16:05:50
666 forum posts
230 photos

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,


Michael Brett 124/06/2022 17:19:47
47 forum posts
6 photos

I have no idea , but if I was looking for information I would try the science museum London, good place to start.


David George 124/06/2022 17:25:07
1873 forum posts
505 photos

You can try the museum of timekeeping Upton Nr Newark Notts.


SillyOldDuffer24/06/2022 17:49:52
8898 forum posts
1998 photos

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
308 forum posts
88 photos

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
20289 forum posts
1064 photos

This may be of interest: **LINK**

She also has a Wikipedia page


Colin Heseltine25/06/2022 11:12:39
666 forum posts
230 photos

Thanks guys. I have contacted a couple of these and await any info they can give me.


John Haine25/06/2022 11:30:45
4718 forum posts
273 photos

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
666 forum posts
230 photos


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



John Haine25/06/2022 14:29:42
4718 forum posts
273 photos

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.

All Topics | Latest Posts

Please login to post a reply.

Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of Model Engineer or Model Engineers' Workshop? Use our magazine locator links to find your nearest stockist!

Find Model Engineer & Model Engineers' Workshop

Sign up to our Newsletter

Sign up to our newsletter and get a free digital issue.

You can unsubscribe at anytime. View our privacy policy at

Latest Forum Posts
Support Our Partners
Eccentric July 5 2018
Rapid RC
Eccentric Engineering
Subscription Offer

Latest "Wanted" Ads
Get In Touch!

Do you want to contact the Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop team?

You can contact us by phone, mail or email about the magazines including becoming a contributor, submitting reader's letters or making queries about articles. You can also get in touch about this website, advertising or other general issues.

Click THIS LINK for full contact details.

For subscription issues please see THIS LINK.

Digital Back Issues

Social Media online

'Like' us on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
 Twitter Logo

Pin us on Pinterest