Thomas Wright London 1785 cylinder stop watch followup

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    Thomas Wright London 1785 cylinder stop watch followup

    Owner provided photos for under dial stop works and other details for the preceding thread.

    Notice on cock clearly written: Watch Maker to King
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    Re: Thomas Wright London 1785 cylinder stop watch followup

    "Wright in the Poultry"

    Wah? Is this a stopwatch for timing roast chickens or something? That seems like a rather strange engraving.
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    Re: Thomas Wright London 1785 cylinder stop watch followup

    Thank you for posting these very interesting pics...gotta love the hands and dial on this watch.

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    Re: Thomas Wright London 1785 cylinder stop watch followup

    Very nice, not so often we get the chance to have a look inside a watch of that age.
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    Re: Thomas Wright London 1785 cylinder stop watch followup

    Quote Originally Posted by Shangas View Post
    "Wright in the Poultry"

    Wah? Is this a stopwatch for timing roast chickens or something? That seems like a rather strange engraving.
    As a Yank I agree commonly with you entertaining guys from Oz. We are a little less dignified.

    A Brit says it was a fancy address at the time, also used by Bank of England, for this doctor's watch.
    You might be interested to know the present owner uses a very nice olde dignified Jaguar car.
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    Re: Thomas Wright London 1785 cylinder stop watch followup

    Quote Originally Posted by artb View Post
    A Brit says it was a fancy address at the time, also used by Bank of England...
    Near the Bank of England - which is on Threadneedle Street.

    The Poultry - from The Poultry | British History Online

    The busy street extending between Cheapside and Cornhill is described by Stow (Queen Elizabeth) as the special quarter, almost up to his time, of the London poulterers, who sent their fowls and feathered game to be prepared in Scalding Alley (anciently called Scalding House, or Scalding Wike). The pluckers and scorchers of the feathered fowl occupied the shops between the Stocks' Market (now the Mansion House) and the Great Conduit. Just before Stow's time the poulterers seem to have taken wing in a unanimous covey, and settled down, for reasons now unknown to us, and not very material to any one, in Gracious (Gracechurch) Street, and the end of St. Nicholas flesh shambles (now Newgate Market).

    See some old prints here ANTIQUE PRINTS OF LONDON AT ASH RARE BOOKS : THE POULTRY
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    Re: Thomas Wright London 1785 cylinder stop watch followup

    Very very beautiful. Amazing condition. Many thanks for posting!
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    Re: Thomas Wright London 1785 cylinder stop watch followup

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Near the Bank of England - which is on Threadneedle Street.

    The Poultry - from The Poultry | British History Online

    The busy street extending between Cheapside and Cornhill is described by Stow (Queen Elizabeth) as the special quarter, almost up to his time, of the London poulterers, who sent their fowls and feathered game to be prepared in Scalding Alley (anciently called Scalding House, or Scalding Wike). The pluckers and scorchers of the feathered fowl occupied the shops between the Stocks' Market (now the Mansion House) and the Great Conduit. Just before Stow's time the poulterers seem to have taken wing in a unanimous covey, and settled down, for reasons now unknown to us, and not very material to any one, in Gracious (Gracechurch) Street, and the end of St. Nicholas flesh shambles (now Newgate Market).

    See some old prints here ANTIQUE PRINTS OF LONDON AT ASH RARE BOOKS : THE POULTRY
    Truly interesting thorough precise reference about the Poultry. A fine location for a fine watch. Now I wonder what St. Nicholas flesh shambles was.

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    Re: Thomas Wright London 1785 cylinder stop watch followup

    From Wikipedia for the York Shambles

    It was once known as The Great Flesh Shambles, probably from the Anglo-Saxon Fleshammels (literally 'flesh-shelves'), the word for the shelves that butchers used to display their meat.
    St Nicholas is the church of that parish. Back in the day, all trades were grouped together in one place, hence poultry from that being where you'd find all the poultry sellers/ butchers.


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    Re: Thomas Wright London 1785 cylinder stop watch followup

    Quote Originally Posted by artb View Post
    Now I wonder what St. Nicholas flesh shambles was.
    Just the butchers' area - nothing salacious.
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