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Mount Snever Observatory, Oldstead

Description: Mount Snever Observatory

Grade: II
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

Location: Oldstead, North Yorkshire YO61 4BL

Locality: Oldstead
Local Authority: Ryedale District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: YO61 4BL

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Listing Text


8/46 Mount Snever Observatory

- II

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
John Wormald
In the first year of the reign of
Queen Victoria
Caused this observatory to be erected
J Dodds Builder

Disused at time of resurvey.

Listing NGR: SE5371280464

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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