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Group DescriptionPhotographs of clouds taken in and around Tottenham, home of Luke Howard, the namer of clouds.
Luke Howard is known as the "father of meteorology" and he spent many years studying weather and cloud formations in Tottenham. As he was often away it was Mariabella, his wife, who took many of the readings from instruments in the garden.
Luke published On the modification of clouds in 1804. In this essay, he outlined a system for classifying the forms of clouds. It is the system that is still in use today.
Luke lived at two addresses in Tottenham. He first moved there in 1812 and lived in a large house built by William Forster on the corner of what is now Philip Lane and Arnold Road East. In 1828 he moved to Ackworth, Yorkshire, but always considered Tottenham his home. He returned to live with his son in Bruce Grove in 1837. Mariabella died in 1852 and Luke in 1864.
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