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Latitude: 51.4689 / 51°28'7"N
Longitude: -0.3147 / 0°18'52"W
OS Eastings: 517159
OS Northings: 175781
OS Grid: TQ171757
Mapcode National: GBR 75.3BX
Mapcode Global: VHGR2.HBHS
Entry Name: Kew Observatory
Listing Date: 10 January 1950
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1357729
English Heritage Legacy ID: 205571
Location: Richmond upon Thames, London, TW9
District: Richmond upon Thames
Electoral Ward/Division: Isleworth
Built-Up Area: Hounslow
Traditional County: Surrey
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
Church of England Parish: Richmond
Church of England Diocese: Southwark
5028 OLD DEER PARK
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
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