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Latitude: 54.7683 / 54°46'5"N
Longitude: -1.5861 / 1°35'9"W
OS Eastings: 426729
OS Northings: 541560
OS Grid: NZ267415
Mapcode National: GBR KFC9.FH
Mapcode Global: WHC4Q.LDYX
Entry Name: Observatory
Listing Date: 10 March 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1322869
English Heritage Legacy ID: 110427
Location: County Durham, DH1
County: County Durham
Electoral Ward/Division: Neville's Cross
Built-Up Area: Durham
Traditional County: Durham
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham
Church of England Parish: Durham St Margaret of Antioch
Church of England Diocese: Durham
DURHAM AND FRAMWELLGATE POTTERS BANK
NZ 24 SE (North side, off)
Observatory. 1839-40 by Anthony Salvin for the University. Coursed squared
sandstone with ashlar plinth, quoins and dressings; roof not visible; copper-
clad dome. Greek cross plan with full-width one-storey north and south extensions.
2-storey, 3-bay central range and one-storey 3-bay front and rear ranges.
Projecting central bay has 6-panelled door and overlight flanked by long, narrow
sashes; sashes either side under eaves band and coped parapet with corner
Upper floor has 4 pediments flanking central dome; central bay projects under
wood pediment and contains a sash window; side bays have glazed doors opening
onto roof of ground-floor extension. All sashes have glazing bars under flat
stone lintels and projecting stone sills. Prominent gutter cornice continuous
Interior shows beaded tongue-and-groove boarded lining to upper floor; stair
with turned newels, square rods and round handrail ramped at one point. Dome
has boarded lining and rests on rack-and-pinion gear.
Listing NGR: NZ2672941560
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