WILLIAM WILLETT (10 August 1856 – 4 March 1915) was a British
builder and a tireless promoter of
British Summer Time
* 1 Biography * 2 Family * 3 References * 4 Further reading
Willett was born in
Farnham, Surrey , in the United Kingdom, and
educated at the Philological School . After some commercial
experience, he entered his father's building business, Willett
Building Services. Between them they created a reputation for "Willett
built" quality houses in choice parts of London and the south,
including Chelsea and
This was not the first time that the idea of adapting to daylight
hours had been mooted, however. It was common practice in the ancient
Using his own financial resources, in 1907 William published a
pamphlet "The Waste of Daylight". In it he proposed that the clocks
should be advanced by 80 minutes in four incremental steps during
April and reversed the same way during September. The evenings would
then remain light for longer, increasing daylight recreation time and
also saving £2.5 million in lighting costs. He suggested that the
clocks should be advanced by 20 minutes at a time at 2 am on
successive Sundays in April and be retarded in September. William
Willett is remembered in
Petts Wood by a memorial sundial , which is
always set on DST (
Daylight Saving Time
Through vigorous campaigning, by 1908 Willett had managed to gain the
support of a member of parliament (MP), Robert Pearce , who made
several unsuccessful attempts to get it passed into law. A young
Firstly in 1879 Sussex to Maria Mills (1858–1905), with issue:
* Gertrude Maria Willett (1881–) * Constance Muriel Willett (1882–1937), married Rev Charles Inchbald Radford (1871–1944) * Herbert William M. Willett (1884–1917) * Cicely Gwendoline Willett (1887–) * Dorothy Ermyntrude Willett (1890–) * Gladys Evelyn Willett (1892–) * Basil Rupert Willett (1896–1966)
Secondly in 1910 Christchurch to Florence Mary A. Strickland (born Florence Rose Stickland , Fishbourne, Isle of Wight 1883–), with issue:
* Joan I. Willett (1911–)
Willett is a great-great-grandfather of
Media related to
* ^ David Prout (1989). "Willett built". Victorian Society Annual:
* ^ B.L. Ullman (March 1918). "Daylight saving in ancient Rome".
The Classical Journal. 13 (6): 450–451.
* Maria Box (1968). Encyclopædia Britannica. * Donald De Carle (1947). British Time. London: Crosby Lockwood & Son Ltd.
* David Prerau (2005). Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time. Thunder's Mouth Press. ISBN 1-56025-655-9 .
* The British version, focusing on the UK, is David Prerau (2005). Saving the Daylight: Why We Put the Clocks Forward. Granta Books. ISBN 1-86207-796-7 .
* Andrew Saint (21 June 2015). Oxford Dictionary of National
* "Willett, William".