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JOHN EVANS (1796-1861)

John Evans (1796 - 1861)

JOHN EVANS (1796-1861), MATHEMATICIAN AND TEACHER, ABERYSTWYTH

John Evans ran a famous Mathematical and Commercial School from 1817 or 1818 for 42 years. It stood at the corner of Chalybeate Street and Alexandra Road. He taught astronomy with the aid of a large black umbrella with the constellation painted on the inside. His public clock was regarded as the most accurate in the town.

grave stone in St Michael's churchyard

He was son of a weaver of Blaenplwyf. He walked to London to learn English and showed great ability in mathematics. He returned to Aberystwwyth after a short stay in Montgomeryshire to establish his school. He made his own telescope; illustrated astronomy with a magic lantern, and had a Camera Obscura on the top of the school.

He died on the 2 April, 1861, aged 65.

John Evans clock

John Evans sundial

THE MATHEMATICAL AND COMMERICAL SCHOOL, ABERYSTWYTH