NZ2431 : Wright's, Observatory / Folly : Westerton

taken 17 years ago, near to Middlestone Moor, County Durham, England

Wright's, Observatory / Folly : Westerton
Wright's, Observatory / Folly : Westerton
The Tower is a circular structure, in a Gothick revival style of the 18th century. Built as an Observatory by Thomas Wright (1711-1786) of nearby Byers Green. He was a Mathematician, astronomer, (famous for his explanation of the Milky Way), architect, and garden designer. The Observatory appears in a document of 1744, but does not appear to have been completed until after Wright's death in 1786. A plaque dated 1950 was erected to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his publication "The Original Theory of the Universe" of 1750.

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Category: Observatory
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Observatory Folly [4] · Completed until after Wright's Death in 1786 [2] ·
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Date Taken
Saturday, 27 January, 2007   (more nearby)
Saturday, 27 January, 2007
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 240 310 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:40.4370N 1:37.7521W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 240 310
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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