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Description: The Observatory
Date Listed: 3 August 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 292428
OS Grid Reference: TQ6706920748
OS Grid Coordinates: 567069, 120748
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9619, 0.3777
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TQ 62 SE BRIGHTLING BURWASH ROAD
11/20 The Observatory
Like Brightling Needle, this stands on a high spot. It was designed by Sir Robert
Smirke in the early C19 for John Fuller of Brightling Park. The main building
is T-shaped and of only 1 storey. Ashlar. Cornice and parapet. The east end
is splayed and contains 2 windows with a tall chimney stack above the flat side
between. The north and south walls of the east wing have slits for telescopes
which are now closed with narrow double doors. The north and south wings have
1 window each and the north wing a doorway with ashlar pilasters and pediment.
Above the intersection of the 3 wings is a second storey with 1 window to each
front, a cornice and parapet over and inset within the latter a squat square turret
of painted brick surmounted by a lead dome with a tiny window on the north side.
On the west side is a semicircular curtain wall with the thickness of one room
behind it making a semicircular court-yard between this and the entrance to the
main building under the tower which has a doorway and window combined.
Listing NGR: TQ6706920748
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Source: English Heritage
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