Description: Mount Snever Observatory
Date Listed: 14 March 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 328522
OS Grid Reference: SE5371280464
OS Grid Coordinates: 453712, 480464
Latitude/Longitude: 54.2171, -1.1778
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SE 58 SW OLDSTEAD MOUNT SNEVER
8/46 Mount Snever Observatory
Observatory. 1838. J. Dodd builder for John Wormald. Limestone ashlar.
Single cell with platform to front. c35ft in height. 9-course coped wall,
with evidence for former staircase at right, to platform. Board door
beneath massive stone lintel flanked by crude buttresses. Inscription above
Here hills and waving groves a scene display
And part admit and part exclude the day
See rich industry smiling on the plains
And peace and plenty tell VICTORIA reigns!
Happy the MAN who to these shades retires
Whom NATURE charms and whom the muse inspires
Who wandering thoughtful in this silent wood
Attends the duties of the wise and good
To observe a mean, be to himself a friend
To follow NATURE and regard his end.
3-light fixed window above the evidence for blocking of former tall single-
light window. Wooden parapet. Coped angle turrets. Inscription to rear
In the first year of the reign of
Caused this observatory to be erected
J Dodds Builder
Disused at time of resurvey.
Listing NGR: SE5371280464
Source: English Heritage
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