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.

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

Horology Hour with Dr John C Taylor OBE

Thank you everyone who attended the Horology Hour on 24th June 2020. Hear all about the Corpus Chronophage, which incorporates John Harrison’s grasshopper escapement from the early 1700’s inside a huge mythical ‘time-eater’ creature that sits on top of the clockface devouring each minute as it passes. You will also discover news about the three other Chronophage clocks. Please click on the video below… read more

Interesting Quotes

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Helen Keller