Tuesday 30 March 2021

The Liverpool Cooke

 The Liverpool Cooke

In 1889 Mr G Rylands offered the a 5 inch Thomas Cooke & Sons telescope to Liverpool Town Council, on condition that the council would provide a site for an observatory, of which the Liverpool Astronomical Society should have the use for three nights each week. Consideration of this offer was in the hands of the Parks, Gardens and Improvements Committee.

By 1901 the 5 inch Cooke had fallen into a state of disrepair however it was housed in the observatory provided by the Liverpool corporation on the roof of the New Technical Schools Building.

It was repaired by Mr Thos. Thorp of Whitefield, Manchester and the telescope now has a fine appearance.

The telescope is still owned by the Liverpool Astronomical Society but I don’t think it is in use now.

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