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TP0256 - Cold Ashby
14th Mar 2014 13:33 by CURRYSCRIM
Parked by the double gates and short walk to the first triangulation pillar.
17th Mar 2013 16:00 by Trigpoint100
A rare unhurried journey up the M1 so decided on a detour to the Mother trig (luckily realising in time that it's not possible to get off at J19 to go east!). No access problems, wide ranging but rather flat views, extra mark for history. SE s/hole open but otherwise vgc, metal cap raised letters, interesting plaque.
13th Jan 2013 16:00 by Delta68
Stopped off here as we were caching nearby. We'd just arrived at the trigpoint and were reading the plaque when a very angry voice shouted at us from the other side of the field'OI!! GET OUT OF THE THERE, so we walked quickly back to the car - half expected to read other comments about an angry farmer but can't see any. An interesting spot all the same.
8th Sep 2012 10:45 by gaz_zippy
Found whilst in the area to pick up puzzle cache (Jurassic Mystery - GC1PF34) where this historic trigpoint is listed within the cache listing, so I just had to come and take a look for it. Parked in the entrance to the farm and hopped over the gate for a 'quick find'. Little did I know that this was the first pillar used for the re-triangulation of Great Britain so it felt quite special being here. 10/10 for the historic value of this trigpoint
4th Jun 2012 20:08 by edfielden
My 101st extant pillar. After visiting TP6459 Thorny Gale in Cumbria (the last pillar used) earlier in the day and stopping off in Gateshead I couldn't resist adding an extra 11 miles to my journey by detouring on the way home to Gloucestershire to visit Cold Ashby (the first pillar used!) I parked in the entrace to the gateway of the newly-built track at SP 6444 7664. The pillar is easily visible from the road, about 50m away, just beside the new track. I walked through the open gateway and along the track to get to the pillar. There is an individual poppy along the verge of the track close by and some newly planted young trees/bush plants which will presumably eventually engulf the pillar! Pillar in good condition, with a plaque on the NE face commemorating its significance to the Retriangulation. The plaque must have been installed some time after June 1962 as it mentions a particular date when the last observations of the Retriangulation were taken at Thorny Gale! Pillar has OS cap with wide raised letters; FB faces NE; SE sighthole open, others plugged. Peaceful location with views of the surrounding fields with the sinking sun making it a very pleasant last stop of the day.
S1534 - Position Open gate and new track lead to pillar ©edfielden
6th May 2012 15:25 by dal
Extra marks for the historical significance.
19th Apr 2012 17:08 by gushoneybun
Where it all started:) I stopped by for this as it is also a YOSM. I parked close by and the gate was open so I could walk along the gravel track right upto the trig point, obviously I read the sign and took in the views. You can see a long way from here.
8th Mar 2012 15:00 by MarkA
Visited with KevP.
27th Feb 2012 15:02 by simplysup
"First among equals" is how I've seen this trigpoint described, for obvious reasons once you've read the plaque. Parked at the gateway for a short walk in. View is reasonable.
25th Jan 2012 12:00 by scafell3210
Played golf on CA course today preceded by visit Dissapointing view for iconic trig
15th Jan 2012 22:17 by cassandy
Liked this one. A very important plaque on it reads "THE FIRST OBSERVATIONS FOR THE RETRIANGULATION OF GREAT BRITAIN WERE MADE AT THIS TRIGONOMETRICAL STATION BY SERGHANT T.F.MULLINGER, ROYAL ENGINEERS ON 18TH APRIL 1936. THERE ARE 11,678 SUCH STATIONS AND THE LAST OBSERVATIONS WERE MADE AT THORNY GALE IN WESTMOR-LAND ON 4TH JUNE 1962."
5th Oct 2011 09:45 by asbown
In the area and would have been rude not to come and have a look.
2nd Sep 2011 07:56 by Lodgebarn
Nice views across the fields in the early morning. Visited to log the YOSM Geocache.
14th Aug 2011 18:46 by rutson
Found as Geocache Ye Ole Survey Monuments YSM428 on 14/08/2011
7th Jun 2011 15:00 by lejogger
4th Jun 2011 19:19 by [Monki]
An interesting Trig with a info plate on it. Nice
29th Apr 2011 16:40 by bluebeard
20th Apr 2011 15:40 by rowleybirkin
Interrupted our journey north for this anniversary visit - the correct week if not the correct day ! Quite easy to find travelling west, not so easy to get back on to A14 continuing west. Beautiful, warm spring day, although too hazy for distant views. This pillar should be on every trig-pointer's 'must visit' list.
18th Apr 2011 12:30 by Father Ted
A great opportunity to meet up with fello trigpointers and share experiences. Also an opportunity to pay homage to those engineers that constructed the thousands of trig points around the country and took the measurments that led to the excellent OS maps that we have today. Thanks to the land owner for allowing us access.
A bit warmer than my last visit. ©Father Ted
18th Apr 2011 12:15 by Brisey
Could this pillar set a record for the most logs in one day, at least in this part of the country? The reasons are explained by others and I was really pleased to be able to join in. Thanks to the organisers! After creating this log I discovered this was my 500th log on TUK!
18th Apr 2011 12:00 by RoPeHe
Definitely something of a trigpointing convention here today for the 75th Anniversary of the first obesrvations of the Retriangulation of Great Britain! OS representatives were also there, and the pillar (and its visitors!) were featured on BBC Look East - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-13130526 The pillar in still in excellent condition, and a new access track has recently been constructed passing right next to it. Many thanks to Father Ted and The Cold Ashby Rambler for arranging permission with the landowner for a group visit.
Trigpointing Convention at Cold Ashby Trigpointers gathered at Cold Ashby piilar on 18th April 2011 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first observations of the Retriangulation of Great Britain.©RoPeHe
18th Apr 2011 12:00 by wrose
I was one of the gathered throng at the seventy-fifth anniversary party. It was so nice to have company for once in what is quite a solitary past time. My thanks too to those people that arranged the meet and the access on the day. Something of a surprise to appear on television!
18th Apr 2011 11:55 by KevP
Nice to meet people there on the 75th anniversary. Revisited on 08/03/12 with MarkA. Better visibility than on the 75th visit. Gate across access road padlocked this time. Thought about Bergfuhrer as the previous visit was the only time I met him.
18th Apr 2011 11:50 by Dusty
A long way to travel but interesting to meet fellow trigpointers. Hope to bump into them again in the future.
18th Apr 2011 11:50 by Jonathan Russell
18th Apr 2011 11:45 by Bergfuehrer
Northamptonshire. It is not every day that you get to a trig to find a group of fellow trigpointers, let alone the Ordnance Survey and the BBC. The pillar is in excellent condition, the plug having raised lettering. The plaque commemorates the day 75 years ago which we had gathered to celebrate the anniversary of. So pleased that this occasion was marked.
18th Apr 2011 11:42 by Pharisee
As today was the 75th anniversary of the first sightings of the last great triangulation of Great Britain, taken from this very pillar, it seemed a good day to visit. A thought shared by a few others. I parked by the church in Cold Ashby village, met a couple of like minded souls and we walked the mile or so to the pillar. Permission to visit the pillar had been granted by the landowner and the site was already occupied by two gents from the O.S. and a reporter from the BBC’s “Look East” early evening magazine program. A few more folks joined us there for photographs and chat. Most of us then adjourned to the ‘Black Horse’ in Cold Ashby for refreshment (of the Bateman’s kind, in my case). The pub is normally closed on a Monday lunchtime but the landlord had kindly agreed to open for us… if we made it worth his while… which we obviously did. The pillar is situated next to a newly constructed farm road a 100 yards or so from the public highway. It’s complete and in very good condition, it’s metalwork has remained intact. It was very hazy in the distance so the views weren’t as good as we’d hoped and the other local pillars couldn’t bee seen, which was a bit of a pity. All in all, an enjoyable experience.
6th Apr 2011 17:30 by SebastienCale
Can't make it to the party on the 18th so thought I'd do a pre-emptive bag as I was passing nearby. Have fun everyone!
6th Apr 2011 10:19 by M0NJW
The inscription reads: Ordanance Survey - Cold Ashby The first observations for the retriangulation of Great Britain were made at this trigonometrical station by Sergeant G.F. Mullinger, Royal Engineers on 18th April 1936. There are 11,678 such stations and the last observations were made at Thorny Gale in Westmorland on 4th June 1962
14th Mar 2011 21:33 by Father Ted
Non-visit log just to say I am looking forward to revisiting this trig on April 18th to celebrate 75th anniversary of the first trig point measurment.
26th Feb 2011 14:49 by descarte1
Vgc pillar standing beside a new metalled road for "Far View Farm". FB faces NE-ish with SW-ish sighthole open. Cap present with raised lettering. Excellent views especially south. Plaque commemorating the first observation of the retriangulation, so high score for this one! Just a bit early for the 75th anniversary.
19th Jan 2011 12:00 by iainmac
Now by the side of a track to the farm.
30th Nov 2010 00:00 by trig-man
6th May 2010 19:10 by Griefmiester
Located in field of crops accessible via tractor tracks - Pillar good condition - interesting plaque.
27th Sep 2009 17:25 by Bridgeman
Easy access from road, across recently ploughed field. Good views
13th Jun 2009 06:28 by barnsley skip
Where it all started easy to access from road. Jimmy's golfball still in place.
10th May 2009 12:55 by Chris9870
Nice to visit the place where it all started. There is a plaque on the side explaining all as stated in previous logs. It is easy to find and stands out really well in the middle of a field. Only problem is that the field has new crops growing but walked up the track till level with the TP then walked down a tractor track. Good condition with good views. I agree with previous log, would be nice to give this one a new coat of paint. The golfball is still sat on top.
27th Apr 2009 12:49 by SlainteJimmy
Well - thats first and last secured... now for the other 11676 ;) Cap is intact with only NNW sight open... crops thriving to 8inches in this cloying clay soil. I found a golfball en route so left it atop the pillar... finders, keepers ;) A fresh whitewash wouldn't be out of place for this Special pillar!
Cold Ashby... sadly plain for such a historic point.
3rd Apr 2009 13:00 by The Allotment Gardener
Although set off the road in the middle of a crop field, was accessed from a farm track.
25th Sep 2008 11:38 by THE CYCLIST
Visited before I started using this website, so the plaque came as a surprise.
24th Feb 2007 12:21 by arranc
another historic column
30th Sep 2006 12:00 by peregrinus
vgc, metal cap, small raised letters. 30m S of road, in arable field, GPS notice plus plaque indicating history
14th Jan 2006 10:36 by Glaslyn
Now in barren field so no problem with crops.Views limited.The rest has been said.
21st Dec 2005 11:20 by Lathama
Well, it has taken a long time for me to get to this place of pilgrimage but today I made it. The winter crops were up so well that access to the pillar was easy. It has the original plug with raised letters. E sighthole open, the others closed. Traces of paint. Concrete base exposed about 3" all round. Surrounded by crops but with excellent views S and SW and W. Commemorative plaque and also OS anti-vandalism notice. It's been a pleasure to come!
26th Jun 2005 17:50 by Rhayader_wanderer
REalising I spent too much time futher south and wont get the full pland done today. Nice to visit a significant trig all be it in an insignificant location. Odd GPS readings to not logged
20th Nov 2004 10:30 by Father Ted
I followed the route prescribed by brighd to avoid stepping on the crops. Historically very significant but looking bleak on this wintry November morning.
5th Jul 2004 12:05 by brighd
Cycling from Yelvertoft I could see the nearby radio mast in the distance. After going past the radio mast start looking for a place to stop and start hunting for this TP - no need you can see it from the road, but it is in a crop field. Well lets make my way to it using the tractor lines. I'm now about 7m away, but I can see that this one has a special plaque. So worked my way to the TP trying to avoid stepping on the crops. Allen key bolt plug in place though the allen bolts look rounded. FB and plaques on E side open sighting on S side. It has the OS GPS plaque of July 1999 and the special one concerns that it was the first station from which observations were made on 18/4/1936. Other info there were 11678 such stations and the last being Thorny General Westmorland 4/6/1962. Now to get out of this field.
16th Jul 1998 15:57 by senrabyar
Cropped field (reading other later entries - I might just point out that this TP is significant in one small way - it marks the highest point of 1:50000 sheet 140 - and is therefore one of my special targets !) Further information discovered 1st Nov is that the summit of Honey Hill (as given by 1:25000) is SP637769 at 214m - about 750m to the North West. So this Trig no longer a significant point for me!
6th May 1997 00:00 by mickandshane
Excellent trig with a plaque commemorating the re-surveying of the British Isles in the 1930s. The first reading was taken from here. Plug with raised lettering.
29th Aug 1982 00:00 by RogerTempleman
Pillar in wheat field. Plaque on side reads: "ORDNANCE SURVEY COLD ASHBY The first observations for the retriangulation of Great Britain were made at this trigonometrical station by Sergeant G. F. Mullinger, Royal Engineers on 18th April 1936. There are 11,678 such stations and the last observations were made at Thorney Gale in Westmor- land on 4th June 1962."