Mathematical Gazetteer of the British Isles

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | London | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | Bibliography & Acknowledgements

For some years I have been collecting information about where mathematicians were born, lived, worked, died, or are buried or commemorated. This is very much a group collaborative project -- please correct any errors, and add any further information. I am always very grateful for help in this project, and all assistance is recorded. Good hunting!

David Singmaster
Computing and Mathematics, South Bank University, London SE1 0AA

[When the gazetteer was edited for serial publication in the BSHM Newsletter, references were omitted since the bibliography was too substantial to be included. Publication on the web permits references to be included for material now being added to the website, but they are still absent from material originally prepared for the Newsletter - TM, August 2002]

Click here for a record of the dates on which pages were added to the online gazetteer

Index of some recurrent topics

Note that a citation below may have more than one point of relevance in it.

Letters were added to the site as follows:

A 28 December 1998 N 21st October 2002
B 28 December 1998 O 2nd January 2003
C 28 December 1998 P 2nd January 2003
D 21 December 1999 Q 2nd January 2003
E 22 December 1999 R 2nd January 2003
F 22 December 1999 S 9th January 2003
G 10 January 2000 T 10th January 2003
H 14 January 2000 U 10th January 2003
I 14 January 2000 V 10th January 2003
J 14 January 2000 W 10th January 2003
K 14 January 2000 X No entries
L 14 January 2000 and 7th October 2002 Y 10th January 2003
London 17 December 2001 - 24th August 2002 Z 10th January 2003
M 7th October 2002    

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Index of some recurrent topics

Note that a citation below may have more than one point of relevance in it.

Automata (including automatic looms)

London - London Museum; Science Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum; Polytechnic Institution; Crystal Palace; J.N. Maskelyne

Barnard Castle; Birmingham; Cheltenham.

Clocks and Watches

London: Westminster Abbey; Houses of Parliament; British Museum; Guildhall; Hampton Court Palace; Royal Observatory (& National Maritime Museum); Science Museum; Sir John Soane's Museum; Imperial College; Inns of Court: Lincoln's Inn; Royal Society;: Fleet Street; Worshipful Company of Clockmakers; Earnshaw; Graham; Harrison; Hooke; Wheatstone; Wren

Barnard Castle; Barrow-upon-Humber; Beverley; Birr, Brocklesby; Buckley; Cambridge (Great St. Mary's; Blundeville; Hardy; Ludlam; Newton); Cardiff; Dorchester; Durham; Edinburgh (Royal Observatory; Bain); Exeter; Foulby; Hartland; Leeds Castle; Nostell Priory; Ottery St. Mary; Oxford: (Kratzer; Wren); Peterborough; Rugby; Rye; St. Albans; St. Andrews; Salisbury; Teddington; Wells; Wimborne Minster; York.

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London: British Library; British Museum; Guildhall; University College London; University of London; Royal College of Physicians; Royal Society; Worshipful Company of Clockmakers; Bacon; Bentham; Boole; Brown; De Morgan; Dee; Graves; Harriott; Harvard; Newton.

Aberystwyth; Bebington; Bowood; Cambridge (General; Trinity Library; Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics; Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics; Cambridge Philosophical Society; Colleges - Girton College; Magdalene College;: Barrow; Dirac; Holbrooke; Morland; Newton; Pepys; Ramanujan; Sylvester; Tait; Tunstall; Venn; Ward; W. Wilkins; Wren); Chevening; Cork; Corscombe; Dublin (Hamilton; Trinity College Dublin; Marsh; Berkeley; McCullagh); Dundee; Durham; Edinburgh.(Royal Observatory); Exeter; Glasgow; Innerpeffray; Keele; Manchester; Newcastle; Norwich; Nottingham; Oxford (Bodleian Library; Clarendon Laboratory; Keble College; Merton College; Museum of the History of Science; Somerville College; Trinity College; Allen; Chaucer; Gellibrand; Hornsby; Hyde; Keble; Laud; Oughtred; Savile; Tunstall; Wren); Reigate; St. Andrews; Totnes; Wetherby; Windsor; York.

Mathematical Tiles

The main entry is under Lewes. Stephen Bax's website ( describes the tiles and includes photographs. See also Althorp, Belmont Park, Brighton, Cambridge, Canterbury, Chevening, Faversham, Lyndhurst, London, Steyning, Tenterden

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Mazes and Labyrinths

Alkborough; Bournemouth; Bristol; Cambridge ( Fitzwilliam Museum; W.W.R. Ball);.Chevening; Compton; Dublin (National Museum); Ely; Ewelme; Frilford; Glastonbury; Hadstock; Hereford; Hever Castle; Leeds Castle; Leicester; London (Hampton Court Palace; Science Museum; Warren Street Station); Long Melford; Luton; Milton Keynes; Saffron Walden; Tintagel; Warminster; Woodstock.


London (National Gallery; Taylor); Oxford (Potter);.Stonehenge; Welney

Polyhedra, tessellations, crystallography etc.

London: Westminster Abbey; Banqueting Hall; British Museum; National Maritime Museum; National Portrait Gallery; Science Museum; Birkbeck College; University College London;: Royal Institution;. Sudbrook Park; Bernal; Boole; Bragg; Lonsdale; Swedenborg.

Barrington Court; Bramdean; Cambridge (Cavendish Laboratory; Fitzwilliam Museum; Trinity College; Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics; W. H. Bragg; W. L. Bragg; Hodgkin); Christchurch; Colchester; Dublin (Hamilton); Edinburgh (Royal Museum); Giant's Causeway; Glasgow (Kelvin Museum); Leeds; Limerick; Liverpool; Manchester; Oxford (Ashmolean Museum; Mathematical Institute; Museum of the History of Science; Hodgkin; Rupert); Portsmouth; Salisbury; Tallreuddyn; Teddington; Thakeham; Wilton; Wimborne St. Giles.

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London: St. Margaret's; British Museum; National Gallery; Royal Observatory (& National Maritime Museum); Science Museum; Royal Society; Cheapside; Dial House; Bradley; Flamsteed; Molyneux; Wales.

Barrington Court; Barrow-upon-Humber; Bewcastle; Bramdean; Cambridge (Queens' College); Glasgow; Grantham; Hever Castle; Leeds Castle; Marwood; Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Oxford (Corpus Christi College; Merton College; Museum of the History of Science; Bainbridge; Gellibrand; Kratzer; Turnbull; Wren); Salisbury; Tallreuddyn; York.

Three Rabbits ("Tinners' Rabbits")

The largest discussion is under Widecombe, where there is a link to some wonderful photographs by Chris Chapman. I have been to several more sites but not yet had time to enter them.

Broadclyst; Chagford; Chester; Long Crendon; Long Melford; North Bovey; Sampford Courteney; Scarborough; Spreyton; Throwleigh; Widecombe.

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London: Westminster Abbey; Houses of Parliament; Royal Naval College (Univ of Greenwich), Garnett College, British Museum; Museum of Mankind; Cavendish; De Morgan; Garnett; Gresham; Russell.

Aberdeen; Aberystwyth; Aldeburgh; Bangor; Belfast; Birmingham; Brighton; Bristol; Cambridge; Cork; Dublin; Durham; Edinburgh (Heriot-Watt; Napier Univ; Univ. of Edinburgh); Ely; Glasgow (Univ. of Glasgow, Gibson, Univ. of Strathclyde); Haileybury; Keele; Kingston upon Hull; Lancaster; Leeds; Leicester; Lismore; Liverpool; Manchester; Marlow; Newcastle; Norwich; Nottingham; Oxford; Paisley; Plymouth; Rochester; St. Andrews; Settle; Winchester; Wrexham; York.

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