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TP19591 - BBC Water Tower
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
Bbc Water TowerSP38/5SP38S005458782.84262075.080.0002BOLT01/06/194900

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There are 3 photos for this trigpoint (view album).

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 14164th with 114 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 4.75/10 (from 4 logged visits)
Was First logged: 3rd May 2015
Has never been found intact
Was Last logged: 12th Jan 2020

Of the 4 logged visits,
0 recorded a location

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Location 19m N of fence, L of these trees
By peregrinus
BBC Water Tower
Transmitter mast that is NOT a bolt!

Logged Visits:

Destroyed 12th Jan 2020  15:39  by peregrinus

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

GPS indicates 19m N of fence, W side of tall cypress trees. No tank or structure

Location 19m N of fence, L of these trees

Destroyed 11th Jan 2020  16:19  by CJO

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

Still BBC with Arquiva. Big TV transmitter adjacent festoon with microwave and telcomms hardware. GR is 13m into carpark. Water tower is long gone.

BBC Water Tower

Possibly missing 19th Nov 2018  14:54  by jonglew

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Possibly missing  Score: 2/10

Could see no sign of any water towers, or tanks. The 1971 1:2k5 map shows the mark on a 'tank'. Same tank appears on the 1977-8 map but no trig indicated.

Possibly missing 3rd May 2015  08:06  by MCL

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Possibly missing  Score: 7/10

This is marked as being a bolt, set in 1946, on land which was formerly run by the BBC. Fast forward to 2015, and the land is no longer a BBC transmitting station, and the water tower that used to be on the site is no more. So the chances that the bolt still exists, is pretty much zero. If it has been replaced then it ought at least to be renamed because the BBC left this site a few years ago and it is now owned and run by the company that operates all the radio and TV transmitters for the main broadcasters (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 etc...). The compound is not accessible to the public anyway which makes checking for a bolt impossible, but we can make certain highly educated guesses based on what we know... If you come to this site looking for a water tower, you may be given to wonder just why they bothered to fix a bolt here when right next door is a great big field with a radio mast in it.... why not use that? In 1946 there was a radio mast run by the BBC, and there has been one on the site ever since, although not the same one, and not in exactly the same place. If you wander around the field on the top of the hill you will find a round metal plate (on a concrete plinth) which has a hole in its centre about an inch across. This, research tells us, is the gimbal plate that the old radio mast rested on and it is about 150m from the location of the current transmitter mast. The current mast now no longer transmits TV and Radio but it is still used as a tower for mounting microwave repeaters and mobile phone antennae. So why place a bolt? Who knows.... A radio mast would have been much easier to find and visible from a lot further away!

Transmitter mast that is NOT a bolt! The current mast that is now only for mobile phones and microwave dishes.©MCL

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