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Kew Observatory, Richmond upon Thames

Description: Kew Observatory

Grade: I
Date Listed: 10 January 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 205571

OS Grid Reference: TQ1715975781
OS Grid Coordinates: 517159, 175781
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4689, -0.3147

Location: Hounslow, Greater London TW7 6AZ

Locality: Richmond upon Thames
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: TW7 6AZ

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Listing Text


Kew Observatory
TQ 1775 8/1 10.1.50


Designed by Sir William Chambers. Built 1768-9 when Dr Stephen Demainbray, a tutor
to the royal family, persuaded George III to take an interest in a transit of Venus.
Chambers conceived the design in terms of a small villa with canted bays on the north
and south fronts creating a pair of conjoined octagonal rooms on one axis. Apart
from the raising of the side roofs to the level of the observing chamber sometime
after 1884 the building remains unaltered.
Three storeys, including basement. Stuccoed. Five windows wide; staircase either
side of first floor entrance. Basement rusticated. Cornices above first and second
floors. Balustraded parapet. Square headed, moulded windows, some pedimented. Dome
to roof, carrying observatory equipment.
Interior not seen.
(See - John Harris, Sir William Chambers. 1968. Zwemmer.)

Listing NGR: TQ1715975781

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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