Stockton, Wiltshire

Samuel Fyler was rector of Stockton, Wiltshire, in 1699 when he proposed a solution of the longitude problem by using the stars as a clock. That is, if one knew that a star was directly above Greenwich at midnight, then observing when it was overhead by local time would determine one's longitude. Unfortunately the requisite data did not yet exist. [Sobel, pp.45-46]

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