SK0573 : The Devonshire Dome - Buxton

taken 5 years ago, near to Buxton, Derbyshire, Great Britain

The Devonshire Dome - Buxton
The Devonshire Dome - Buxton
The dome of the Devonshire Royal Hospital building, known as the Devonshire Dome is a Grade II listed 18th-century former stable block in Buxton, Derbyshire. Built by John Carr of York and extended by architect Robert Rippon Duke who added what was the world's largest unsupported dome with a diameter of 44.2 metres (145 ft). Part of the building, originally built to accommodate 110 horses, was converted to a charity hospital for the use of the ‘sick poor’ coming in for treatment from the ‘Cottonopolis’ of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Henry Currey, the Devonshire Estate architect and also the architect of St Thomas’s Hospital in London, converted two thirds of the building to this purpose in 1859. The building is now the site of the Devonshire campus of the University of Derby with the area immediately beneath the dome being a 16,511 cubic feet (467.5 m3) space utilised for a variety of functions. The Dome's diameter of 145 ft surpasses that of the Pantheon at 141 ft and of St Peter's Basilica at 138 ft in Rome, and of St Paul's Cathedral a mere 112 ft. A Foucault pendulum is suspended from the centre of the dome.
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Date Taken
Friday, 31 August, 2012   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 8 September, 2012
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Historic sites and artefacts  Sport, Leisure  Public buildings and spaces  Educational sites 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 0565 7367 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:15.6002N 1:55.0057W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 0565 7367
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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