Burial places of the Astronomers Royal

 

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This page only includes information on the Astronomers Royal who were also head of the Observatory. As such, it does not include Martin Ryle, and subsequent appointees.

John Flamsteed

Dates in Office: 1675–1719

Born: 1646, August 19

Died: 1719, December 31 (at the Royal Observatory)

Buried at: St Bartholemew's Church, Church Road, Burstow, Surrey, RH6 9RG

Date interred: 12 January 1720

Tomb Details: Burried in an unmarked grave below the chancel

Memorial plaques etc: 1. East window with brass dedication plaques on left and right beneath.


2. Tablet with circular medallion beneath list of rectors on south wall of chancel


3. Ceramic cameo and poster telling the story of Flamseed’s life at west end of church

Church website http://www.windmillchurches.co.uk/burstow-church

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Edmond Halley

Dates in Office: 1720–1742

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Church contact details: office@stmargaretslee.org.uk (020 8318 9643)

 

James Bradley

Dates in Office: 1742–1762

Born: baptised 1692, Oct 3

Died: 1762 July 13 (at Chalford)

Buried at: Church of the Holy Trinity, Bell Lane, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, GL6 9JP

Tomb Location: Chest tomb with bolection moulded panels and panelled corner pilasters; c.18m north of north transept

Memorial plaques etc: 1. Oval brass dedication plate inscribed in latin. Originally afixed to tomb, but now mounted on wall at west end of north aisle.


2. Explanatory sign with translation of inscription on dedication plate on table beneath dedication plate

Church website http://www.minchchurch.org.uk

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Nathaniel Bliss

Dates in Office: 1762–1764

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Nevil Maskelyne

Dates in Office: 1765–1811

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John Pond

Dates in Office: 1811–1835

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George Airy

Dates in office: 1835–1881

Born: 1801, July 27 (Alnwick)

Died: 1892, January 2 (The White House, Greenwich)

Buried at: St Marys, Church Lane, Playford, Suffolk, IP6 9DS

Date interred: 1893, January 7

Tomb location: In churchyard, immediately to the south of the chancel in a railed off enclosure. Headstone and footstone shared with wife Richarda

Memorial plaques etc: Marble plaque with bust of Airy on north wall of nave. A virtually identical Marble plaque with bust is mounted on the south wall of the tower near the entrance to St Alphege's, Greenwich

Church website: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/playford-st-mary

Playford village website:
http://www.playford.org.uk

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William Christie

Dates in Office: 1881–1910

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Frank Dyson

Dates in Office: 1910–1933

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Harold Spencer Jones

Dates in Office: 1933–1955

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Richard van der Riet Woolley

Dates in Office: 1956–1971

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