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Monday Window is a great idea – have a look at all the brilliant photos of windows from around the world!

Today I’ve chosen a few windows that I found when I visited the Greenwich Observatory in London, recently. There is an excellent website about the Greenwich buildings.

Firstly, here is a photo of the London skyline taken through the window at the observatory, as I was coming down the stairs.  You can see the tall buildings of Canary Wharf to the left, and the Millenium Dome just right of centre.

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View over Greenwich park from the observatory 

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The Royal Observatory  South Building

The South Building was constructed between 1892 and 1899 to house the Lassell Dome telescope and to house the Royal Observatory’s pioneering work in astronomical photography. It later housed the two ‘Thompson equatorial’ telescopes. It now houses the planetarium and offices.   It is a fine Victorian red brick building, with large windows  The lower windows have the names of scientists engraved above them.

The oldest building on the site is Flamsteed House, (see photo below) which was the original Royal Observatory building at Greenwich. King Charles II instructed Wren, who was also an astronomer, to design the building in 1675 and it was completed the following year.

On the top of Flamsteed House is the red time ball – one of the oldest time signals in the world.  First used in 1833, it drops every day at exactly 1pm, allowing sailors coming up the Thames to synchronise their chronometers.

 

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Flamsteed House

Finally, the windows on the onion shaped building below – in this photo one of the windows is reflecting the sunlight.  The building is known as the Great Equatorial Building, erected in 1858 and houses the 28-inch Refractor telescope.

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Greenwich park and Royal Observatory

You can read about the first part of our London trip here.

When we arrived in Greenwich, the sun came out, and we made our way up to where the Cutty Sark was displayed, and is open to the public to visit.

Cutty Sark is a British clipper ship. Built in 1869, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, where she held the record time sailing between Britain and Australia for ten years. Continue reading

Day out in London….

This week my daughter Alice and I had a day out in London, thanks to a special offer train ticket if we travelled off-peak.   It takes about 75 minutes to get there, and we arrived at around 11am.  I know London fairly well – many many years ago when I was 18, it was my dream to live and work in London.  So I found myself a secretarial job, and shared a flat with three strangers for two years.   Since then, I have always enjoyed going back to London, usually for shopping, to see a theatre show, or just sightseeing. Continue reading