Newton's observatory, St Martin's Street

Newton's observatory, St Martin's Street

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Credit: ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Newton's observatory, 35 St Martin's Street, near Leicester Square, London. This room, used as an observatory, was located in an attic (garret) at the top of this three-storey house, inhabited by the English physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton (1642-1727). Newton lived in this house from 1710 to 1725. The house was retained until he died, and an inventory was made of the contents. The house dates from around 1695. It was later lived in by the Burney family (from 1774). The original room was still present and mentioned in Fanny Burney's diary. It was in this room that she wrote her first novel. The house was demolished in 1913.

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