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Observatory, Durham

Description: Observatory

Grade: II
Date Listed: 10 March 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 110427

OS Grid Reference: NZ2672941560
OS Grid Coordinates: 426729, 541560
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7683, -1.5861

Location: Potters Bank, Durham DH1 3RR

Locality: Durham
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DH1 3RR

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Listing Text

NZ 24 SE (North side, off)

4/372 Observatory


Observatory. 1839-40 by Anthony Salvin for the University. Coursed squared
sandstone with ashlar plinth, quoins and dressings; roof not visible; copper-
clad dome. Greek cross plan with full-width one-storey north and south extensions.
2-storey, 3-bay central range and one-storey 3-bay front and rear ranges.
Projecting central bay has 6-panelled door and overlight flanked by long, narrow
sashes; sashes either side under eaves band and coped parapet with corner

Upper floor has 4 pediments flanking central dome; central bay projects under
wood pediment and contains a sash window; side bays have glazed doors opening
onto roof of ground-floor extension. All sashes have glazing bars under flat
stone lintels and projecting stone sills. Prominent gutter cornice continuous
with pediments.

Interior shows beaded tongue-and-groove boarded lining to upper floor; stair
with turned newels, square rods and round handrail ramped at one point. Dome
has boarded lining and rests on rack-and-pinion gear.

Listing NGR: NZ2672941560

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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