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TP21612 - Telegraph Tower (St Marys)
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Condition :
Destroyed Destroyed
OSGB36 Station :
Current use :
Historic use :
T:UK waypoint :
County :
Isles of Scilly
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
Telegraph Tower (St Marys)SV91/11SV91S01191254.4812064.020.0002BOLT01/06/194701Dest 07/60

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

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 15301st with 115 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 4.50/10 (from 4 logged visits)
Was First logged: 17th Sep 2014
Has never been found intact
Was Last logged: 1st Jul 2016

Of the 4 logged visits,
0 recorded a location

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Telegraph Tower
Cut Benchmark

Logged Visits:

Possibly missing 1st Jul 2016  17:46  by peregrinus

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Possibly missing  Score: 5/10

former windmill with summer house on roof which presumably put paid to the bolt recorded by OS as destroyed 07/60

Destroyed 1st Jul 2016  17:45  by dugswell2

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Destroyed  Score: 4/10

Nice cut mark but the bolt has bolted.

Destroyed 19th Sep 2015  12:30  by JonT

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Destroyed  Score: 4/10

Visited on a trip to St Maryís whist staying on Tresco. Iíve nothing to add to jonglewís comments. Update, May 2016: A recently published booklet gives the history of Telegraph Tower (Peter Laverock; Trinderís Tower Ė The story of the Semaphore Station at Newford Down, St Maryís, Isles of Scilly; 2016). It confirms that the tower was purpose-built as a semaphore station. The Admiralty approved building the tower in 1812; building commenced in 1814 (the date carved over the entrance to the tower) and it was completed (after a delay) in 1815. In 1960, when the bolt was reported as destroyed, the tower was occupied by the Coastguard. The booklet notes that ĎA close inspection of the walls shows places where brackets and rigging were attached from the many different [radio] arrays in use from the 30s to the 60sí. Itís possible the bolt was destroyed in the process of installing one of these arrays or other Coastguard equipment.

TelegraphTower ©JonT

Destroyed 17th Sep 2014  11:02  by jonglew

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

There seems to be discrepancies as to when this tower was built and for what purpose depending on which source consulted: 1803 as a gun tower (Wikipedia and others); or 1814 as a semaphone station (English Heritage) - take you pick. The tower is Grade II listed by EH. OS records the bolt as destroyed July 1960, it was probably on the roof of the tower, which is owned by The Duchy of Cornwall. Perhaps a new roof saw the bolt's demise. Cut benchmark lower down.

Telegraph Tower TP21612©jonglew
Cut Benchmark TP21612©jonglew

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