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Observatory at South Wing, St Ibbs, 90 Metres to West South West of House

A Grade II Listed Building in St Ippolyts, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9248 / 51°55'29"N

Longitude: -0.2664 / 0°15'58"W

OS Eastings: 519310

OS Northings: 226562

OS Grid: TL193265

Mapcode National: GBR H68.CGS

Mapcode Global: VHGNS.BWKB

Entry Name: Observatory at South Wing, St Ibbs, 90 Metres to West South West of House

Listing Date: 28 May 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1295431

English Heritage Legacy ID: 162660

Location: St. Ippolyts, North Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG4

County: Hertfordshire

District: North Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: St Ippolyts

Built-Up Area: Hitchin

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: St Ippolyts

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

TL 12 NE (West side)
St. Ibbs

3/48 Observatory at South Wing,
- St. Ibbs, 90M to WSW of


Observatory. 1801 for Rev. William Lax, bill extant from Isaac Newton
glazier and plumber of Hitchin for work on it, probably re-using
materials from observatory dismantled from over great gate at Trinity
College, Cambridge, in 1797 (Lax's college). Red and black brick in
header bond; vertical boarding to top band. Roof collapsed. A small
circular building in middle of garden now rather overshadowed by trees.
About 3M of brickwork topped by about 1M timber cowl with small windows
at the cardinal points, part of the rotating cap. Wide segments of wall
thickened externally by 9 inches for full height (one containing
fireplace and flue) with recesses occupied by 3 windows and entrance on
E. Wooden window frames, segmental arches, and 4-panels flush-beaded
door with stone threshold. Remains of slate cap on floor. Interior lined
with matchboarding.

Listing NGR: TL1931026562

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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