Gloucestershire

 

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Astronomers

Observatories

Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Cheltenham, Gloucs (1897-?).  Although astronomy has been taught at the college since the 1850s, first by former head Miss Doreatha Beale for 48 years, the observatory was not erected until 1897.  The domed structure erected on the college buildings is still extent, but it is not clear whether any instruments survive. (see Cheltenham_Ladies_College)

Thirlestaine Hall, Cheltenham, Glouc. (1914-1930), owned and used by John Player.  The building and dome is still extant, it used to house a 3-inch transit instrument, a sidereal regulator clock and a 6-inch equatorial refractor ordered from Cooke & Sons in 1914.  The telescope was later owned by Reginald Lawson Waterfield.  Its later history has been decribed in print by a later owner (see Hendrie, M. J., ‘A run-off roof observatory’, JBAA, 104 (1994), p.303). The hall was until recently the head office of Chelsea Building Society, but vacated due to merger with  the Yorkshire Building  Society and then converted into luxury flats (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelsea_Building_Society).

Astronomy Groups

Bristol Astronomical Society (BrisAS), founded (?). Members  (120 – 2018) meet weekly at Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Montpelier, Bristol (BS6 5EE) and observing session at the sociey’s Failand Observatory at Failand, Near Wraxall (BS8 3US).

Cam and Dursley Astronomy Club (CDAC), founded 2010.  Group appear defunct since Spring 2017.

Cotswold Astronomical Society (CAS), founded in 1981, its first meeting was held at Churchdown near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire to encourage astronomy, for both beginners and the more experienced.  The members (150-2016) meet at Shurdington Social Centre, Cheltenham (GL51 4TB).

Useful addresses

Gloucestershire Archives

Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW (Tel: 01452 425295; Email: archives@gloucestershire.gov.uk; URL www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/archives)

 

 

 

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