SHA County Co-ordinator: Mike Leggett Email: leggett189@btinternet.

This county  is currently being researched.

Historical_Atlas_of_ Norfolk Astronomy_2016


Bower, James Garton (1854-1935) [FRAS], born Norwich and educated at King Edward VI school in the same city.  An industrailist who was known for his association with the development and manufacture of mesh stock fencing.  With a keen interest in astronomy he was a founder member of the British Astronomical Association. He acquired James Nasmyth’s famous 20-inch speculum reflecting telescope (Inv. No. 1933-21) along with Isaac Robert’s twin reflector/refractor (20-inch/7-inch) equatorial telescopes (Inv. No. 1936-231).  Both these were later given to the Science Museum, London (Obit., MNRAS, 96 (1936), 289-90).

Francis Wollaston (1731-1815), born London, educated privately and graduating fromSidney Sussex College, Cambridge in 1754.  He then joined Lincoln’s Inn but never practised at the bar, instead entering the church taking the position of rector at Dengie, Essex (1758), East Dereham, Norfolk (1761-9) and finally at Chislehurst, Kent (1769-1815).  In addition to being a clergman he was an author  and astronomer.  He published three practical guides for the amateur astronomer and navigator whilst at Chislehurst and numerous papers in Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society (ODNB).

Wollaston ,William Hyde (1766-1828), born East Derham, Norfolk (see County of London; Obit., MNRAS, 1 (1829), p.102; ODNB).


Stuckey’s Observatory [StOC] (2014- ) Cromer, established by Mark Stuckey using Horace Dall’s 15½-inch Dall-Kirkham reflector, which is installed in its restored original domed observatory building (LAS 2014, p.13).

Astronomy Groups

Breckland Astronomical Society (BreAS), founded 1993 through the efforts of Spencer Allen, first meeting at Hingham Primary School.  Since 2000 members meet at Great Ellingham Recreation Centre (NR17 1HZ).  At the same time the group established an observatory housing a 20-inch reflecting telescope at Great Ellingham.

King’s Lynn & District Astronomy Society (KLDAS), members meet monthly at Tottenhill Village Hall, WestNorfolk (PE33 0RS).

North Norfolk Astronomical Society (NNAS), founded 1998 by a group of students attending an evening class on astronomy at the Fieldview Astronomy Centre at East Barsham.  Members (30-2016) meet at Binham Village Hall (NR21 0DG) and observe from their Wiveton Observatory.

Norwich Astronomical Society (NorwAS), founded 1945 by a group of six men who came together to discuss their hobby.  Members (150-2016), first met at Colney Lane, Norwich where an observatory was built.  Due to the construction of the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital nearby, the group moved to a new dark sky site adjacent to Seething airfield (NR35 2EQ) in 1994 – former World War II airfield.  The Seething Observatory has a club house and two observatory domes were erected to house a 14-inch (35.5cm) Meade LX200 SCT [Genesis Dome] and a 10-inch (25cm) reflecting telescope [Herschel Dome].

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