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John Dillwyn Llewelyn observatory, Penllergare, Swansea, Wales, UK

The John Dillwyn Llewelyn (1810 - 1882) observatory was built by the 19th Century botanist and photography pioneer. He was married to Emma Thomasina Talbot, related to William Henry Fox Talbot the photography pioneer. After installing a telescope in the building, he and his daughter Thereza experimented with taking some of the earliest photos of the moon from 1857. His efforts led to the site becoming a local hub for stargazing. Llewelyn an industrialist was a founder member of the  Royal Photographic Society in 1850s. The adjacent mansion house has long gone, but the observatory is now to be restored as part of the £2.9m project to restore the Penllergare valley and woodland.Work on the observatory, a scheduled ancient monument, is expected to take 18 months.

Copyright: Richard Hope
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11962x5981
Taken: 06/06/2013
Uploaded: 06/06/2013
Updated: 06/04/2015


Tags: swansea; john dillwyn llewelyn; 2013; obervatory; penllergare; penllergaer; wales; gower; henry fox talbot; photography; moon; telescope
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