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A Grade II Listed Building in Neville's Cross, County Durham

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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

Plus Code: 9C6WQC97+8H

Entry Name: Observatory

Listing Date: 10 March 1988

Grade: II

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

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NZ 24 SE (North side, off)

4/372 Observatory


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
with pediments.

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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