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Falmouth Observatory - built 1867

Of the larger first-order observatories, eight were originally proposed but pressure from the Treasury meant that only seven were established, with the promise of some fifteen years' funding to maintain them, by which point, it was believed, sufficient data would have been collected materially to improve knowledge of weather patterns over the British Isles. 58 The seven observatories of the reconstituted Meteorological Office were spread across Britain and Ireland: two in Scotland, at the universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow (the proposed eighth would have been in Wick or Thurso in northern Scotland) ; two in Ireland, at the Armagh Observatory and on Valentia Island; and three in England, at Falmouth, Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, and Kew in London, the hub of the network.

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