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New university building name honours Derbyshire great

A new University of Derby students’ hall has been named in honour of John Flamsteed, England’s first ever Astronomer Royal, who came from Derbyshire.

The University bought the Birchover Apartments complex, at Allestree, Derby – next-door to the University's main Kedleston Road site – in September for over £3m.

Now the apartments complex has been renamed Flamsteed Court, after John Flamsteed (1646 - 1719), who was born in Denby, and rose to become England’s first Astronomer Royal and founder of the Greenwich Observatory.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Coyne, and Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director, Hari Punchihewa, were on hand to mark the unveiling of the new signs at the complex.

Mr Punchihewa said: “Naming this new acquisition after one of Derbyshire’s greatest innovators reflects the county’s rich heritage and the University’s place as strongly rooted within the community.”

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