Se­cond Jo­drell dish gains listed sta­tus

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ASECOND satel­lite dish at Jo­drell Bank has been given Grade I listed sta­tus.

The site’s most recog­nis­able fea­ture, the Lovell Tele­scope, was given Grade I listed sta­tus in 1988.

Now the smaller dish, the Mark II, which still has an im­pres­sive di­am­e­ter of 125ft, has been awarded the same ac­co­lade, high­light­ing its own his­tor­i­cal and sci­en­tific im­por­tance.

The Mark II, built be­tween 1962-64, has worked with the Lovell Tele­scope to im­prove ac­cu­racy of ob­ser­va­tions and track­ing ob­jects in space.

Its new sta­tus means it will be more dif­fi­cult to se­cure the plan­ning per­mis­sion nec­es­sary to make changes.

Crispin Edwards, from His­toric Eng­land, said: “Jo­drell Bank is a re­mark­able place where glob­ally im­por­tant dis­cov­er­ies were made that trans- formed ra­dio as­tron­omy and our un­der­stand­ing of the uni­verse.

“We are cel­e­brat­ing the his­tory of the site and its im­pact on the world by in­creas­ing its recog­ni­tion on the Na­tional Her­itage List for Eng­land.”

The list­ing has been timed to co­in­cide with the 60th an­niver­sary of the Lovell Tele­scope first col­lect­ing ra­dio sig­nals from space.

Also recog­nised are the Park Royal build­ing, the elec­tri­cal work­shop, the link hut, the con­trol build­ing and the re­mains of the search­light aerial at Jo­drell Bank, which have all been given Grade II listed sta­tus.

The at­trac­tion, which is owned by the Univer­sity of Manch­ester, be­came used for space ob­ser­va­tion in 1945 be­cause elec­tric­ity from trams in­ter­fered with its equip­ment in Manch­ester.

Since then it has dis­cov­ered stars and tracked space mis­sions. It kept tabs on Sput­nik 2, which took the first liv­ing an­i­mal - a dog named Laika - into space, and sup­ported Amer­i­can at­tempts to get to the moon. Her­itage Min­is­ter John Glen said: “Jo­drell Bank has been at the fore­front of sci­en­tific re­search for more than 70 years and is known around the world for its im­por­tant role in de­vel­op­ing our un­der­stand­ing of the uni­verse. Th­ese list­ings will pro­tect and cel­e­brate the her­itage of this sig­nif­i­cant site and help in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of sci­en­tists and as­tronomers.”

Jo­drell Bank is one of the world’s ear­li­est sites for ra­dio-tele­scopes and plays a piv­otal role in the devel­op­ment of the sci­ence of ra­dio as­tron­omy.

Prof Teresa Anderson, from Jo­drell Bank, said: “Sci­ence is a hugely im­por­tant part of our cul­tural her­itage and we are very pleased to see that recog­nised and pro­tected with th­ese new des­ig­na­tions.”

The sum­mer songs of praise morn­ing at Harry Law­son court in Hurds­field

The Mark II tele­scope at Jo­drell Bank

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