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Evans, John Silas, Canon, (1864-1953), amateur astronomer and
author, one time vicar at St. Asaph, and Anglican curate in Rhos-ddu
[1890-95] (Jones 2014, 80; see Denbighshire).

Jones, John (c. 1823-1900), worked on compiling almanacs (Jones 2014, 75).

Lloyd, John Alun (1895-?), amateur astronomer and observer, Gwern-y-Mynydd (Jones 2014, 80).

Thorp, Thomas [FRAS] (1850-1914), amateur astronomer, who is best remembered the manufacture of replica diffraction gratings.  Working as an engineer in Whitefield, Manchester he erected his first observatory before retiring to Prestatyn where he built a second one (Obit., MNRAS, 75 (1915), 250-1; Jones 2014, 74).


Private observatory of Thomas Thorp in Prestatyn, c. 1910.

Thorp’s Observatory (1910-15), nr. Prestatyn, established by Thomas Thorp who moved to Wales from Lancashire. The observatory consisted of a 8-inch Cooke refractor under a hemispherical dome on the roof of his retirement bungalow that overlooked the nearby town (Obit., MNRAS, 75 (1915), 250-1).

Astronomy Groups

Clwyd Astronomical Society (1976-c.1979).

Academics and associated professionals


Telescope/equipment manufacturers

Useful addresses

County Record Office
The Old Rectory, Hawarden, CH5 3NR, Wales (Tel 01244 532364; Email archives@flintshire.gov.uk)

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