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TP0256 - Cold Ashby

Grid reference : SP 64422 76589 map 
[UK map]
TP0256 Cold Ashby
Type :Pillar
Condition :Good Good condition
Flush Bracket Number :S1534
Current use :Passive station
Station Number :C1SP6476
Historic use :Primary
Waypoint :TP0256
County :Northamptonshire
Nearest town :DAVENTRY


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There are 59 photos for this trigpoint (view album).

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 1068th with 18 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 6.88/10 (from 50 logged visits)
Was First logged: 29th Aug 1982
Was Last logged: 14th Mar 2014

Of the 50 logged visits,
20 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 91m
The average error was 12m
1 was exact

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Selection of photos for this Pillar.


By CURRYSCRIM

By CURRYSCRIM

By CURRYSCRIM

©Delta68
S1534 - Pillar and poppy
©edfielden
S1534 - Trig pose!
©edfielden
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Logged Visits:

Good condition 14th Mar 2014  13:33  by CURRYSCRIM

Gridref: SP 64424 76590   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Parked by the double gates and short walk to the first triangulation pillar.




Good condition 17th Mar 2013  16:00  by Trigpoint100

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

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.


Good condition 13th Jan 2013  16:00  by Delta68

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

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.

©Delta68


Good condition 8th Sep 2012  10:45  by gaz_zippy

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 10/10

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

gpsr at the trigpoint ©gaz_zippy
Historic Details ©gaz_zippy
Flush Bracket ©gaz_zippy


Good condition 4th Jun 2012  20:08  by edfielden

Gridref: SP 64423 76590   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

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
S1534 - Pillar Looking WNW ©edfielden
S1534 - Plaques ©edfielden
S1534 - Top ©edfielden
S1534 - Top Glinting in the late evening sunlight ©edfielden
S1534 - Flush bracket ©edfielden
S1534 - Trig pose! Looking SW ©edfielden
S1534 - Pillar and poppy Looking SSW ©edfielden


Good condition 6th May 2012  15:25  by dal

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Extra marks for the historical significance.


Good condition 19th Apr 2012  17:08  by gushoneybun

Gridref: SP 64423 76590   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

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.


Good condition 8th Mar 2012  15:00  by MarkA

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Visited with KevP.


Good condition 27th Feb 2012  15:02  by simplysup

Gridref: SP 64422 76592   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

"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.

The plaque
trig and FB


Good condition 25th Jan 2012  12:00  by scafell3210

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 3/10

Played golf on CA course today preceded by visit Dissapointing view for iconic trig


Good condition 15th Jan 2012  22:17  by cassandy

Gridref: SP 64422 76589   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

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."

Trig
The plaque
Flush Bracket


Good condition 5th Oct 2011  09:45  by asbown

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

In the area and would have been rude not to come and have a look.


Good condition 2nd Sep 2011  07:56  by Lodgebarn

Gridref: SP 64422 76592   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Nice views across the fields in the early morning. Visited to log the YOSM Geocache.

Ealry morning


Good condition 14th Aug 2011  18:46  by rutson

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Found as Geocache Ye Ole Survey Monuments YSM428 on 14/08/2011


Good condition 7th Jun 2011  15:00  by lejogger

Gridref: SP 64400 76500   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

First amongst equals


Good condition 4th Jun 2011  19:19  by [Monki]

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

An interesting Trig with a info plate on it. Nice

©[Monki]


Good condition 29th Apr 2011  16:40  by bluebeard

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10


Good condition 20th Apr 2011  15:40  by rowleybirkin

Gridref: SP 64422 76595   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

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.


Good condition 18th Apr 2011  12:30  by Father Ted

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

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


Good condition 18th Apr 2011  12:15  by Brisey

Gridref: SP 64427 76593   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

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!


Good condition 18th Apr 2011  12:00  by RoPeHe

Gridref: SP 64424 76595   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

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


Good condition 18th Apr 2011  12:00  by wrose

Gridref: SP 64425 76594   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

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!


Good condition 18th Apr 2011  11:55  by KevP

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

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.


Good condition 18th Apr 2011  11:50  by Dusty

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

A long way to travel but interesting to meet fellow trigpointers. Hope to bump into them again in the future.

Plaque
Spider
Flush Bracket
Trigpoint, the BBC & trigpointer
Trigpointers
Trigpointers


Good condition 18th Apr 2011  11:50  by Jonathan Russell

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Excellent day.

The group


Good condition 18th Apr 2011  11:45  by Bergfuehrer

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

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.


Good condition 18th Apr 2011  11:42  by Pharisee

Gridref: SP 64424 76590   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

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.

©Pharisee
©Pharisee
©Pharisee


Good condition 6th Apr 2011  17:30  by SebastienCale

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

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!

©SebastienCale


Good condition 6th Apr 2011  10:19  by M0NJW

Gridref: SP 64421 76592   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

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


Not Logged 14th Mar 2011  21:33  by Father Ted

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Not Logged  Score: 5/10

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.


Good condition 26th Feb 2011  14:49  by descarte1

Gridref: SP 64422 76588   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

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.


Good condition 19th Jan 2011  12:00  by iainmac

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 10/10

Now by the side of a track to the farm.

S1534
S1534
S1534
S1534


Good condition 30th Nov 2010  00:00  by trig-man

Gridref: SP 64426 76597   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10


Good condition 6th May 2010  19:10  by Griefmiester

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Located in field of crops accessible via tractor tracks - Pillar good condition - interesting plaque.


Good condition 27th Sep 2009  17:25  by Bridgeman

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Easy access from road, across recently ploughed field. Good views

Cold Ashby Trig Point
Cold Ashby Trig Point FB


Good condition 13th Jun 2009  06:28  by barnsley skip

Gridref: SP 64423 76595   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Where it all started easy to access from road. Jimmy's golfball still in place.

GPS reading
PLATE
Trig with golfball


Good condition 10th May 2009  12:55  by Chris9870

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

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.

Cold Ashby
Cold Ashby
Cold Ashby
Cold Ashby
Cold Ashby


Good condition 27th Apr 2009  12:49  by SlainteJimmy

Gridref: SP 64421 76594   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

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.


Good condition 3rd Apr 2009  13:00  by The Allotment Gardener

Gridref: SP 64423 76592   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Although set off the road in the middle of a crop field, was accessed from a farm track.


Good condition 25th Sep 2008  11:38  by THE CYCLIST

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Visited before I started using this website, so the plaque came as a surprise.


Good condition 24th Feb 2007  12:21  by arranc

Gridref: SP 64400 76500   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

another historic column


Good condition 30th Sep 2006  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

vgc, metal cap, small raised letters. 30m S of road, in arable field, GPS notice plus plaque indicating history


Good condition 14th Jan 2006  10:36  by Glaslyn

Gridref: SP 64420 76580   FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Now in barren field so no problem with crops.Views limited.The rest has been said.

©Glaslyn
©Glaslyn
©Glaslyn


Good condition 21st Dec 2005  11:20  by Lathama

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

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!


Good condition 26th Jun 2005  17:50  by Rhayader_wanderer

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

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


Good condition 20th Nov 2004  10:30  by Father Ted

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

I followed the route prescribed by brighd to avoid stepping on the crops. Historically very significant but looking bleak on this wintry November morning.

TP0256 Cold Ashby Trig Point
TP0256 Cold Ashby Plaque
TP0256 Cold Ashby Flush Bracket


Good condition 5th Jul 2004  12:05  by brighd

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 10/10

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.


Unreachable but visible 16th Jul 1998  15:57  by senrabyar

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Unreachable but visible  Score: 5/10

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!


Good condition 6th May 1997  00:00  by mickandshane

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

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.


Good condition 29th Aug 1982  00:00  by RogerTempleman

FB Number: S1534  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

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."





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