Blue plaque marks famous watchmaker's Charlbury birthplace

thisisoxfordshire: Jonathan Betts, left, with Simon Walker, the chairman of the Charlbury Society Buy this photo Jonathan Betts, left, with Simon Walker, the chairman of the Charlbury Society

CHARLBURY now has a permanent reminder of the town’s role in making navigation at sea safer and more accurate.

A blue plaque to honour the celebrated Charlbury-born watchmaker Larcum Kendall has been unveiled. It will take pride of place in Market Street, close to the site of his family’s former home.

Kendall made one of the world’s first working chronometers, used by ships at sea for navigation.

The plaque was unveiled by Jonathan Betts, of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.

He said: “Kendall quite simply was the finest watchmaker in London in the early 18th century.”

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