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Varley and Son

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of 1 Charles Street, Clarendon Square[1]

Maker of telescopes

1831 and 1833 Cornelius Varley received silver medals from the Society of Arts for his work on microscopes

Cornelius produced his graphic telescope at his Mildmay Works, Stoke Newington[2]

1841 Varley received the Isis gold medal.for improvements in the construction of microscopes.

1845 Varley published a Treatise on Optical Drawing Instruments.

1851 Varley and his son(s) mounted a display at the Great Exhibition. Awarded a prize medal for his graphic telescope and its supporting table which, by then, had come to be widely used by artists.

1859 Frederick Henry Varley joined the family firm in Stoke Newington, which made telegraph components and testing apparatus.

1861 Samuel Alfred Varley took over the running of a London telegraph factory owned by his father.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Post Office London Directory (Small Edition), 1852
  2. The Life of Faraday by James Hamilton
  • Biography, ODNB [1]