Wells, Somerset

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The clock in Wells Cathedral, dates from 1392. The works are running in the Science Museum in London, being the second oldest running clock in the world. They were running here until 1835 and were transferred to the Science Museum in 1871. The marvellous striking jack and jousting horsemen in the north transept are probably original and operate at the quarter hours. [1]; [2]
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In 1917, Ramanujan stayed briefly at the Mendip Hills Sanatorium, a now ruinous sanatorium in nearby Hill Grove [3]; [4].
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References (show)

  1. Howgrave-Graham, R. P., ed. by L. S. Colchester. The Wells Clock. The Friends of Wells Cathedral, 5th ed., 1987.
  2. F.A.B. Ward (2), p.32
  3. Rankin, Robert A. Ramanujan's manuscripts and notebooks. Bull. London Math. Soc. 14 (1982) 81-97. See p. 96. (2)
  4. Kanigel, Robert. The Man Who Knew Infinity. A Life of the Genius Ramanujan. (Scribner's, NY, 1991); Abacus (Little, Brown & Co. (UK)), London, 1992. p.265

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