West-Hendon House 1867

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    Thomas William Backhouse (1842- 1919) of West Hendon House, Sunderland, built an observatory there. His recordings of the weather and movements of the stars gave him considerable standing as a meteorologist and astronomer. He began to compile his 'Astronomical Journal' in 1858, which eventually extended to 36 volumes, and published a series of 14 maps of stars, accompanied by A Catalogue of 9842 Stars Visible to the Naked Eye (1911); the star maps were completed after his death. Thomas Backhouse's accurate meteorological observations were uninterrupted from 1857-1919, and his work was recognised by the Royal Meteorological Society, who appointed him as Vice-President in 1918 and 1919.
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    Sunderland Public Libraries
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    Sunderland Public Libraries (Flickr)
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    Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/33844814@N06/3969165172/
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