This four screw theodolite is believed to have been the property of George Frederick Deacon.
George Deacon was a prominent Victorian waterworks engineer. He was instrumental in finding a new source of water for Liverpool and recommended Lake Vyrnwy in Wales where he built the dam which stands there still.
After this he engineered water supply schemes for Biggleswade, Birkenhead, Ebbw Vale and Merthyr Tidfil. In 1896 Dr. Deacon was the engineer for the construction of the dam at Fisher Tarn which was built to supply Kendal.
This Victorian Theodolite was made by Troughton & Simms. It is a very nice example with fully fitted mahogany box. There is a label inside with the name 'G.F. Deacon esq. CE (private)'
When Dr. Deacon died his engineering consultancy was merged with that of Sir Alexander Binnie to form Alexander Binnie, Son and Deacon (ABS&D which is painted on the theodolite case) which became Binnie, Deacon & Gourley.
The theodolite is now sold, went to a buyer in Amsterdam!
For Christmas we decided to give Jen a crewel work set. We bought it online from http://www.sewexciting.com.
We think she's done a great job!
After eating our lunch at the Old Rock Cafe Sheridan posed for a photo in the famous Trawden jam pan. This old jam pan was "possibly Hartleys circa 1900" before Hartley Jams moved to Liverpool. We've been getting Sheridan to pose in the Jam pan since she was a little pup!
Trawden, Lancashire lies at the bottom of Boulsworth Hill and is on the border of Brontë country.
Thank you Timmy and Sara for the lovely fresh free range eggs! They were delicious. Sheridan had one too.