The Royal Observatory

The Royal Observatory (HM27QV)

Location: London, England SE10 8XJ Greater London
Country: United Kingdom
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N 51° 28.666', W 0° 0.108'

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Welcome to the Royal Observatory, the historic home of British astronomy, Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the world.
King Charles II signed a Royal Warrant in June 1675 to authorize building the Royal Observatory on the foundations of a tower in Greenwich Park. This site had been formerly used by Henry VIII as a guest house and hunting lodge. The Observatory was built with spare bricks from the Tilbury Fort and recycled lead, iron and timber from the Tower of London. Labour and other costs were covered by the sale of decayed gunpowder for recycling. Christopher Wren's design was ready for the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, to take up residence in June 1676. The tight budget of £500 (just over £41,500 today) overran by just £20.
"to find out the so much desired Longitude of Places for perfecting the art of Navigation — The Royal Charter for the Royal Observatory, 1675
HM NumberHM27QV
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Date Added Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 708193 N 5707219
Decimal Degrees51.47776667, -0.00180000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 51° 28.666', W 0° 0.108'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds51° 28' 39.96" N, 0° 0' 6.48" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near The Avenue, London England SE10 8XJ, GB
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