Observatories: Devon


Dartington Hall

Ellis Observatory, (fl. 1853), 200 High Street, Exeter, established on the upper floor of Messrs Ellis and Son ( 20-inch transit instrument and meteorological instruments (Lee 1853).

Heles Boys’ School (1964-1970), Plymouth, equipped with Norman Lockyer’s 6 2/3-inch Cooke refractor.

Exeter Astronomical Society Observatory,  (1971- ? ), nr. Exeter: , equipped with Norman Lockyer’s 6 2/3-inch Cooke refractor.

Mamhead House, William Ball (c. 1665). 38-foot telescope acc. to DNB.

North Devon, referred to in Lockyer correspondence, but no information.

Rousdon Observatory, Lyme Regis. with meteorological station.  Housed a 16-cm Merz refractor; meridian instrument. The Merz refractor was purchased by the Science Museum in 2001?.
1884 – 192x: Sir Cuthbert E. Peek, assisted by Charles Grover (see above)
192y – 2000? then All Hallows School

Sidholme Observatory2Sidmouth: “Sidholme”,

Home of A. F. Lindemann (see below)

Sidholme Observatory

Silverton, former observatory of Roger Langdon (see above)

Teignmouth, former observatory of J. Hedley Robinson (see above)


Glynn Observatory at South Zeal, near Dartmoor, is used by Exeter AS.

Norman Lockyer Observatory, (1920- ) Salcombe Hill Road, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0QY
Several telescopes (esp. Victorian refractors); planetarium; amateur radio station; meteorological station. Owned by the East Devon District Council and operated by the NLO Society. Programme of public open afternoons and evenings. Group visits by arrangement. Educational courses. Founded in 1920 as the Hill Observatory by Sir Norman Lockyer, later part of Exeter University and then an educational trust (Stroobant 1931).

Tiverton: Blundell’s School (fl. 1910) Several telescopes, including an 20-cm Newtonian.). Used by Tiverton AS.

Torbay Observatory (   ), Torquay Boys Grammar School, equipped with a 50-cm reflector. Used by Torbay AS.

University of Exeter, Physics Department.
There is a new telescope that was purchased from a bequest by Donald R. Barber (see above), formerly Superintendent of the Norman Lockyer Observatory.

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