# Stockton, Wiltshire

##### Mathematical Gazetteer of the British Isles

**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. [1]

### References (show)

- Sobel, Dava.
*Longitude.*Walker Publishing, NY?, 1995; Fourth Estate, London, 1996. pp.45-46

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