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A Grade II Listed Building in Alexandra, Oldham

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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

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1201700

English Heritage Legacy ID: 388865

Location: Oldham, OL8

County: Oldham

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

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Listing Text






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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