Daylight Savings Time inventor William Willett built Putney home just listed for sale

You might think of William Willett, who invented daylight savings time. He suggested that clocks be moved forward by 20 minutes in April, which would then be reversed in September. He claimed that lighting costs would be reduced, which would have benefits. The Daylight Savings Bill was supported by Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George, while opponents included Prime Minister Herbert Asquith. Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes author, argued that it would be easier to reverse and advance clocks by one hour instead of four increments like Willett suggested. A formal dining room leads into a private 90ft rear yard / Knight FrankIt took until 1916, a year after Willett’s passing, for the Summer Time Act. This was largely due to the coal shortages that resulted from World War One. Willett’s ideas would have maximized daylight hours and longer evenings, and lessened the demand for coal-fuelled electricity in industry and households. In April 1916, Germany was the first country that implemented DST. The Summer Time Act was introduced in Britain in May 1916. READ MOREEscape the country: High running expenses force families to sell stately homes in Scotland and Wales. Time-capsule Georgian home near Hampton Court Palace is up for sale. Knight Frank is selling the Willett-built seven-bedroom home in Dover House Road. The three-storey property is enclosed behind electric gates and has a formal dining area that leads to a private 90ft rear yard. It overlooks the Roehampton Playing Fields to the front.