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Observatory Observatory

A gift from aviation pioneer Patrick Young Alexander to the British Army in 1906, the Alexander Observatory is one of many historic gems you will find in Wellesley.

Inside the building a 8-inch cell refractor telescope mounted on an equatorial pillar with counterweight clockwork drive, built in 1891 by the famous Sir Howard Grubb of Dublin. Both telescope and dome were designed and constructed in Dublin, Grubb being makers of the largest and best known optical telescopes in the world at the time.

Managed by the Farnham Astonomical Society, this iconic, circular landmark with its distinctive domed roof, sits across the road from the Neighbourhood Centre and forms a corner piece to the new Parade Park.

One of the iconic landmarks at Wellesley.