John C Taylor

My World

I’ve always had a close affinity with the Isle of Man. My grandfather was holidaying here over 125 years ago and during the Great War my grandmother sent my father and uncle to the Isle of Man. She said it was for their own safety but I think she just wanted to get rid of them!

Although I was born in Buxton, I ended up going to school on the island at King William’s College, so the location played a big role when I was growing up. Eventually I ended up bringing my children here, because it’s a safe place. I always had a great sense of freedom whenever I was in the Isle of Man and I wanted them to have the same experience.

There’s a lot of history here. You can go almost anywhere and see Neolithic geology or ancient Celtic burial sites. It’s absolutely fascinating.

The Isle of Man is where I house part of my extensive early English clock collection at the home I’ve built from scratch, Arragon Mooar.

As clocks are man’s greatest invention, I love to share my passion for horology with the public, so my clocks and watches are often on loan to exhibitions.  A special exhibition – Innovation & Collaboration – takes place at Bonhams New Bond Street, London from September 3-14.  The spectacular exhibition explores the early pendulum clocks in London.  Admission is free.  Please pop in and let me know what you think.

Interesting Facts

Diamonds are actually unstable at surface temperature and pressure. Every diamond above ground is very, very slowly altering into graphite, another form of pure carbon.

Latest News

Chronophage Time Flies at Lion Yard

Thank you so much to everyone who visited Lion Yard for the official launch of the new Midsummer Chronophage !  It was wonderful to see so many friends and fans of the new timekeeper and time-eater.  A special thanks goes to the Centre Manager Roger Allen who organised a brilliant event.  We even had the superb singers from the Cambridge Chord Company there.  Enjoy this record of a fabulous day to be remembered… read more

Interesting Quotes

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Elliott Erwitt