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Papers on time balls, signals and clocks, 1904 - 1927

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/256

Scope and Contents

Correspondence concerning the Deal Time Ball; time balls and signals at Portland, Gibraltar and Dover; and clocks for Malta and Chatham:

Correspondence with J. Jermyn concerning repairs and reasons for the failure of signals, 1904-1910.

Correspondence with J. Jermyn concerning repairs and inventions of moveable property, 1904-1921.

Correspondence with G. Cutcher concerning repairs, 1922-1925.

Page extracted from the 'Deal, Walmer and Sandwich Mercury', 11 July 1925, regarding the Deal Pier Pavilion.

Letter and a newspaper cutting regarding the sale of the Royal Time Ball Signal tower at Deal, 1927.

Auction pamphlet with the particulars and conditions of sale of the Royal Time Ball Signal tower at Deal, 1927.

Letter from J. Jermyn regarding the lack of current to drop the Deal Time Ball, 1912-1913.

Correspondence regarding establishing a time ball at Portland, 1905-1907.

Printed form for recording the performance of the Portland Standard Clock, 1907.

Correspondence on establishing a time signal connection between the Royal Observatory and Gibraltar, 1904.

Letter regarding the proposed withdrawal of a clock for the Chatham Time Ball station, 1906.

Letter proposing the erection of a time ball at Dover, 1906.


  • Creation: 1904 - 1927


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1 bundle(s) (1 bundle)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Finding aid date

2006-03-30 10:52:37+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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