Willett Way, BR5

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Named in honour of William Willett (August 10, 1856 – March 4, 1915), the tireless campaigner for daylight saving. He got the idea after riding his horse in Petts Wood one summer morning and noticed how many blinds were still down. After years of campaigning, the government adopted the system in 1916, a year after Mr Willett’s death. He is now commemorated in Petts Wood by a memorial sundial, while The Daylight Inn is named in his honour.

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