Research into this county was carried out by the late Kenneth J Goward FRAS with additional information added by Roger Hutchins (Feb 2012)

The Society would be delighted to hear from anyone with more information about this county’s links with astronomy. Can you add anything to the names of the people and places listed below? Please contact me if you have anything however small.

SHA County Co-ordinator:  David Rayment

We need a co-ordinator for Essex. Please contact me if you are interested (see below)


Observatories; Essex

Astronomy Groups

Associated People

Authors, lecturers and broadcasters

Sir George Biddell Airy [KCB] (1801 –1892)

Academics and associated professionals

Sir George Biddell Airy [KCB] (1801-1892)

Charles George Talmage [FRAS] (1840-1886)

Telescope/equipment manufacturers

George Calver’s Telescope Factory, Widford, Chelmsford – 1871 to 1904 (business moved to Walpole, Suffolk)

English & Sons, Hutton, Brentwood, telescope & optical retailers/suppliers – circa 1950 to 1970s

Useful addresses

Essex Record Office
Wharf Road
Chelmsford CM2 6YT

Tel 01245 244644
Fax 01245 244655


Essex Society for Family History.
Secretary, Mrs A Church, 32 Parsons Heath, Colchester, CO4 3HX

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