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Royal Observatory Flamsteed House

A Grade I Listed Building in Greenwich, London

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Latitude: 51.4779 / 51°28'40"N

Longitude: -0.002 / 0°0'7"W

OS Eastings: 538847

OS Northings: 177336

OS Grid: TQ388773

Mapcode National: GBR L1.Q4J

Mapcode Global: VHGR7.X39V

Entry Name: Royal Observatory Flamsteed House

Listing Date: 8 June 1973

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1358976

English Heritage Legacy ID: 200387

Location: Greenwich, London, SE10

County: London

District: Greenwich

Electoral Ward/Division: Greenwich West

Built-Up Area: Greenwich

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Greenwich St Alfege

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Listing Text


Royal Observatory
Flamsteed House
TQ 3877 26/G54


1675-6 with later additions, attributed to Sir Christopher Wren. Main North
front of 2 storeys. 3 window centre with square 3-storey angle towers. Projecting
eaves cornices and domed caps with high vanes to towers. Red brick with white
stone quoins, both to towers and to main building. Very tall 1st floor with
projecting cornice and balustrade over between towers. Very long plain central
window in chamfered stone architrave. Wrought iron balcony. Side windows in
moulded, shouldered architraves. Stone string at 1st floor level. 7-window
ground floor. Parapet with stone coping has scrolled ramped inner part sweeping
up almost to cornice of main block. Moulded architraves to ground floor windows.
Door at left opening to walled terrace blocked at either end by 2-storey, 1-window
C18 pavilions in similar style with domes. Rear elevation a large canted bay
with coved and moulded cornice and balustraded parapet. 1st floor only visible
as 1-storey C19 brick extension masks ground floor. Entrance on East, in angle
at right, has porch protection with roof sloping up to front parapet. Side and
rear windows very long casements in shouldered, moulded stone architraves. Beneath
East window a plaque in richly carved baroque stone frame with serpentine open
pediment, bears Latin inscription stating that Charles II founded the observatory
in 1676. Inside a staircase with barley-sugar twist columns leads to the octagon
room containing historic portraits, telescopes and clocks. Coved, octagonal
ceiling centre wth decorative border. Moulded and coved cornice with garlands
in high relief and royal ciphers. A later staircase leads down to the rear extension
now laid out as a museum of historic astronomical instruments.

Listing NGR: TQ3888877321

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

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