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Research into this county was carried out by the late  Kenneth J Goward FRAS



Astronomy Groups

Associated People

Telescope/equipment manufacturers

George Calver [FRAS] (1834–1927), born in Walpole nr. Halesworth, business established at Chelmsford later moved to Walpole (see Essex).

Ransomes of Ipswich (1808-84) name varied during the 19th century as the partnership changed (Ransomes & May, Ransomes,Simms & Jeffries, Ransome & Head, Ransomes & Rapier), manufacturer of agricultural machinery at the Orwell Works, Ipswich. They also made telescope mounts for the Orwell Obsevatory and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich (Grace’s Guide).

Optical Vision Limited (distributor), Unit 2B, Woolpit Business Park, Woolpit, Bury-St-Edmunds, IP30 9UP. Major importer and exporter of telescopes, binoculars and other optical instruments.

4 Responses to Suffolk

  1. Richard Goodwin says:

    I’m trying to look up Alfred Goodwin who was Secretary of the Ipswich & District Astronomical Astronomical society until he had a heart attack in1957. Have you any links?
    (I remember as a small child watch Saturn at Orwell Park and being tired and very cold.)
    Richard Goodwin
    01256 771855

    • Survey of Astronomical History says:

      Dear Richard

      I am afraid I have no information on the person you are seeking, I would suggest you contact an astronomy society in the Suffolk area such as the Orwell Society.


    • Paul Whiting says:

      I will raise with the archivist of the Orwell Astronomical Society, the successor to the IDAS.

      Paul Whiting
      OAS Treasurer

    • Paul Whiting says:

      further to my previous reply, here is a link to our website concerning IDAS. Alfred Goodwin was actually Chairman for a while, acting also as secretary when the post suddenly became vacant. If you have any more details we would be grateful to see them.


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