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Latitude: 53.5323 / 53°31'56"N
Longitude: -2.1054 / 2°6'19"W
OS Eastings: 393111
OS Northings: 403961
OS Grid: SD931039
Mapcode National: GBR FWQL.ZH
Mapcode Global: WHB9B.MGNY
Entry Name: Observatory
Listing Date: 23 January 1973
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1201700
English Heritage Legacy ID: 388865
Location: Oldham, OL8
Electoral Ward/Division: Alexandra
Traditional County: Lancashire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester
Church of England Parish: Glodwick St Mark with Christ Church
Church of England Diocese: Manchester
SD90SW ALEXANDRA PARK
Observatory in form of pagoda. 1899. Stone, with polished
granite plinth and slate and leaded roof. Square in plan with
double pagoda roof. Single room plan, raised up steps. Central
entrance and flanking windows, all with wrought-iron screens.
Segmental arch to door, curved angle moulding to windows.
Three low openings above string course above. Similar rhythm
repeated in other elevations, but with wide central blind
window space. Angle piers with foliate capitals in upper
section carry heavily coved overhanging roof. First tier of
roof has scrolled wrought-iron finials at angles, and
segmental blind dormers with scrolled wood decorative
panelling. Enriched timber screen above carries upper tier of
roof which is leaded and ogivally-arched with wood finials at
angles. Small onion dome above surmounted by weather vane.
Inscriptions in polished granite in return walls of base
record that the observatory was erected in commemoration of
the jubilee of the incorporation of the Borough, 1849-1899,
and list the names of members of the Sanitary Committee of the
Listing NGR: SD9311103961
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