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Wednesday, July 3

Tribute to Fearon Fallows unveiled in Cockermouth

Today saw the unveiling of a tribute to famous Cockermouth born astronomer Fearon Fallows, in the town centre.

A large piece of artwork dedicated to Fearon Fallows was created by artist Victor de Quincey and erected in the Lowther Went shopping street just off Cockermouth's Main Street, thanks to the Cockermouth Civic Trust. Described as one of Cockermouth's 'forgotten sons' Fallows was born in 1788 and studied mathematics at Cambridge before being appointed a royal astronomer and being despatched to South Africa to establish a southern observatory and map the southern skies.

Formal unveiling. 3rd July 2013
The Civic Trust kindly invited a representative of CAS along to the ceremony and I duly turned up at 11 o'clock yesterday to take part, only to find no-one around. Yes, I'd messed up my dates and in my enthusiasm gone a day early! Unfortunately I couldn't have attended today anyway.

Stuart Atkinson from Eddington Astronomical Society (and founder of CAS) faired much better than I did and managed to attend the ceremony and speak about Fearon Fallows and his difficult life. He even made the local TV news as you can see here.

So we now have a monument to a local astronomer in pride of place in the town centre, and while I ws there it was certainly attracting a lot of attention from passersby.

The full piece

A small amount of biographical detail on the artwork

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