Worcestershire

Astronomers

Clarke, George Thomas Smith- [FRAS] (1884-1960), born Bewdley, Worcs., an automotive and medical engineer, and keen amateur astronomer (see WarwickshireODNB).

Eld, Francis John [Revd.; FRAS] (1830-1922), born Foleshill, Warwick.  Head Master of the Grammar School at Worcester, a solar observer who contributed to the Solar Section of the British Astronomical Association.  After retirement he moved to Suffolk, taking the living of Polstead (see Francis Eld – Bill Barton).

Perrins, Charles William Dyson [FRAS] (1864-1958), Davenham, Malvern, RAS member for 63 years (Obit., MNRAS, 119 (1959),  p.350)*.

Perrins, James Dyson [FRAS] (1823-1887), donated a 6-prism spectrograph to the RAS (see Obit., MNRAS, 49 (1889), 163-4)*.

Lea, J. (?), Worcester*.

*These 3 men are all associated with Lea & Perrins Worcester Sauce.

Lyttleton, Raymond Arthur [Prof.] (1911–1995), born Warley Woods, near Birmingham, graduating at St John’s College, Cambridge (see CambridgeshireODNB).

Wooldridge, Harry [Henry] Ewart (1913-2006) of ‘Lyndhurst’, Stoke Road, Aston Fields, Bromsgrove, Worcs. Like Ball he started with a 16cm reflector, but later had a 22cm and a 25cm reflector (photo, JBAA, 123 [2] (2013), p. 119).  A foreman engineer, like Burrell, he made parts for the others. Wooldridge was a superb artist, and produced many coloured planetary and lunar drawings. A member of “Mr Barker’s Circle”, an observing group of eight men active from April 1934 to December 1938 and May 1946 to May 1948 (see HertfordshireMcKim 2013).

Observatories

Dyson-Perrins, Davenham, Malvern – no longer exists but found on several maps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Societies and Organisations

Bromsgrove Astronomical Society (BrAS), founded 2008. Members meet bi-monthly (lecture & observing) at Bromsgrove Rugby Football Club, Finstall Park, Finstall Road, Bromsgrove (B60 3DH).

Carolian Astronomy Society (CaroAS),  founded 2006. Monthly meetings are held at King Charles 1st School, Comberton Road, Kidderminister (DY10 1XA).

Redditch Astronomical Society (RedASD), founded (?).  Monthly meetings are held at St Augustine’s RC School, Stonepits Lane, Redditch (B97 5LX).

Worcester Astronomical Society (WorcAS), founded in 1984 by a group of local amateurs, meeting for 36 years at what is now the University of Worcester’s main campus at Oldbury Road, Worcester. Since 2011 the society’s 50-plus members have held its main meetings have been held on the second Thursday of the month at the headquarters of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust at Lower Smite Farm, Hindlip (WR3 8S2) & the Crown East Scout Hut,near Rushwick (WR2 5TR).

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2 Responses to Worcestershire

  1. Please could you add the following to the Worcestershire entry in the SHA survey
    Societies
    Worcester Astronomical Society.
    Formed in 1984, for 36 years the society met at what is now the University of Worcester’s main campus at Oldbury Road, Worcester. Since 2011 the society’s 50+members’ main meetings have been held on the second Thursday of the month at the headquarters of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust at Lower Smite Farm, Hindlip.and at Crown East Scout Hut,near Rushwick.

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