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Observatory Group

History of the Observatory Group, Madingley Road, Cambridge

The observatory, 1822-24 is the only major work by J C Mead. It has a Greek Doric tetrastyle centre with the observatory dome above.

Another building on the site is now the current home of the Institute of Astronomy.

The Observatory

Information on this location can be found on Wikipedia.


1848 (5th October): Josiah Chater and his brother William went to be shown round by Mr Todd. They viewed the recently discovered planet Neptune through the Northumberland telescope.



Robert Stawell

Sir Robert Stawell, professor of Astronomy and Director of Observatory

Arthur Robert Hinks

Arthur Robert Hinks, first assistant

HMS Vanguard

William Ernest Hartley, second assistant. He was killed in 1917 on HMS Vanguard. following a catastrophic internal explosion which killed 843 men.


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