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Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
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SW 80802 32472



SW8032SE VICTORIA COTTAGES 843-1/10/218 The Observatory 23/01/73


Observatory. 1862 for The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society. Stucco on masonry with channelled rustication to square-plan ground floor (plus small rear wing), octagonal above rising to frieze and deep cove to parapet; steep asbestos slate roof with 4 dormers with C20 glazing and steep roof to wing. 3 storeys or stages plus attic with observation room; small round-arched windows with horned sashes plus 3 square-headed windows. Doorway to south side within lean-to on right; C20 door. INTERIOR not inspected but said to retain original reflectors and staircase. HISTORY: this building was used to keep meteorological records until the early 1950s. The Royal Polytechnic Society was founded in 1833 by Anna-Maria and Caroline, the 2 teenage daughters of Robert Were Fox. As Quakers they were concerned about the well-being of the working classes and wanted to encourage innovative ideas and invention. (Gilson P: Falmouth in Old Photographs: Falmouth: 1990-: 51, 97 AND 101).

Listing NGR: SW8080232472


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Gilson, P , Falmouth in Old Photographs, (1990), 51 97 101


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 12 Oct 2003
Reference: IOE01/11093/20
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