SHA County Co-ordinator: Carolyn Kennett




Astronomy Groups

Astronomical Sites

Astronomical Clock at Wimborne Minster – A 14th century astronomical clock located on the minsters West tower.  The clock is regarded as one of the most ancient working clocks in Europe.  It is based on the Ptolomaic geocentric model of the universe with the Earth at its centre.

Dorset Cursus complex – Neolithic astronomical observatory?.  Suggested in a paper by Wood, JE.  Penny, A.

Philae Obelisk – Located between Blanford and Winborne.  The obelisk was brought from Egypt and located at Kingston Lacy by William John Bankes.  The Philae Lander carried by the Rosetta space probe, which landed on the comet 67P/Churyumov – Gerasimenko is named after this monument.

Other sites of note

Bloxworth Estate – numerous astronomical books dating from 1738 now held by the Dorset records office.

 Useful addresses

Dorset Record Office

Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RP, England (Tel 01305 250550; Fax 01305 257184; Email; URL

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