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Kew Observatory

A Grade I Listed Building in Isleworth, Richmond upon Thames

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Latitude: 51.4689 / 51°28'7"N

Longitude: -0.3147 / 0°18'52"W

OS Eastings: 517159

OS Northings: 175781

OS Grid: TQ171757

Mapcode National: GBR 75.3BX

Mapcode Global: VHGR2.HBHS

Entry Name: Kew Observatory

Listing Date: 10 January 1950

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1357729

English Heritage Legacy ID: 205571

Location: Richmond upon Thames, London, TW9

County: Richmond upon Thames

Electoral Ward/Division: Isleworth

Built-Up Area: Hounslow

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Richmond

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Listing Text


Kew Observatory
TQ 1775 8/1 10.1.50


Designed by Sir William Chambers. Built 1768-9 when Dr Stephen Demainbray, a tutor
to the royal family, persuaded George III to take an interest in a transit of Venus.
Chambers conceived the design in terms of a small villa with canted bays on the north
and south fronts creating a pair of conjoined octagonal rooms on one axis. Apart
from the raising of the side roofs to the level of the observing chamber sometime
after 1884 the building remains unaltered.
Three storeys, including basement. Stuccoed. Five windows wide; staircase either
side of first floor entrance. Basement rusticated. Cornices above first and second
floors. Balustraded parapet. Square headed, moulded windows, some pedimented. Dome
to roof, carrying observatory equipment.
Interior not seen.
(See - John Harris, Sir William Chambers. 1968. Zwemmer.)

Listing NGR: TQ1715975781

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