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The Lock House

The Lock House

1) namer of clouds

Luke Howard (1772-1864), a chemist who manufactured quinine and aspirin, lived at the Lock House (the central white building) whilst working at his factory in Plaistow.

As an amateur meteorologist, Howard proposed a naming system for clouds which is still in use today. He named the three principal categories of clouds: cumulus, stratus, and cirrus, as well the transitions between the main forms, such as cirrostratus or cirrocumulus. His work inspired Shelley’s poem ‘The Cloud’.

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The Lock House