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Mount Snever Observatory

A Grade II Listed Building in Oldstead, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.2171 / 54°13'1"N

Longitude: -1.1778 / 1°10'40"W

OS Eastings: 453712

OS Northings: 480464

OS Grid: SE537804

Mapcode National: GBR NM6P.T1

Mapcode Global: WHD8R.W8BF

Entry Name: Mount Snever Observatory

Listing Date: 14 March 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1191328

English Heritage Legacy ID: 328522

Location: Oldstead, Ryedale, North Yorkshire, YO61

County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale

Civil Parish: Oldstead

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

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Listing Text

SE 58 SW OLDSTEAD MOUNT SNEVER


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
reads:

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
facade:
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

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