Tag: William Gascoigne

Belle Isle blue plaque honours early astronomer

Leeds Civic Trust unveiled their latest blue plaque in the city yesterday (23 March 2018) honouring a pioneering 17th century astronomer, who invented the telescopic sight and micrometer. William Gascoigne lived at New Hall, Middleton. The hall is long gone and what were fields have been covered in housing during

Middleton Life: Profile of scientist William Gascoigne

Leeds writer Mick McCann writes about one of South Leeds’ most important sons Middleton scientist William Gascoigne for the Middleton Life local history project, which encourages local people to become community history reporters. Mick wrote How Leeds Changed the World, among others… Gascoigne (1612–1644) was one of the founding fathers