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TP3077 - Esperston Law
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
Esperston LawNT48/T65NT48T065334728.52657037.93297.5913PILLAR01/06/1943101/06/1960N0

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There are 22 photos for this trigpoint (view album).

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 3582nd with 39 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 5.95/10 (from 19 logged visits)
Was First logged: 30th Jun 1985
Was Last logged: 12th Jan 2020

Of the 19 logged visits,
10 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 11m
The average error was 4m
2 were exact

coinea coinea agentmancuso agentmancuso Clochandighter Clochandighter fasgadh fasgadh ipeattie ipeattie caroleengel caroleengel Border Peat Border Peat Lannie&Andy Lannie&Andy Mickandkim Mickandkim BigJ BigJ Esperston Law Esperston Law [Zoom In/Out] [Hide Labels]

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Good condition 12th Jan 2020  14:15  by A1Mushroom

FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Route as 'caroleengel'. The plantation still has a faint path through it.

Slightly damaged 6th Jan 2018  16:00  by Lannie&Andy

Gridref: NT 34729 57038   FB Number: S3073  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 9/10

This was our second - nearly third attempt at this trig. Parked at the grass verge on right hand side of road (same side where trigpoint is) and walked through the gate into the field. From there we could see way up the hill from the disused quarry onto the stane syke wall which used to go round a forest of trees. The forest has been destroyed with some smaller trees replanted. This trig was difficult to get to because of the length of the stane dyke wall, making it hard to judge its situation without walking the length of the wall. In the end after going back and forward and walking about 2 miles we walked back to the right of the wall where it stops and turns into barb wire fencing and a wooden gate lies. Went through the gate and headed north through the destroyed forest where we could see a few tall dead trees still standing. We passed these and then headed to another stane dyke wall where the trig was camouflaged and neatly tucked away. It was between the right angle of the wall and next to another wooden gate. Stunning views on a very cold but dry day. The sun was setting as we got back to the car, which made for some excellent photos! Great 5th trigpoint bagged.

Happy faces finding this trig! ©Lannie&Andy
The Trigpoint ©Lannie&Andy
The Trigpoint ©Lannie&Andy
Delighted! ©Lannie&Andy
Cold but delighted at finally bagging this one! ©Lannie&Andy

Good condition 8th Oct 2016  00:00  by caroleengel

Gridref: NT 34730 57033   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Parked on grass verge @NT344576 and thru' gate adjacent into quarry which is now a grassy area and easily negotiable. Gate into felled (but recently replanted) forest @ NT347571. Feint path to trig which sits in corner where two walls meet

Good condition 11th Nov 2015  13:55  by BigJ

Gridref: NT 34727 57042   FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Parked near a gate above and to the east of the quarry which gave access to a grass field which in turn led up to the wall which surrounds the felled forestry. A dry stane dyker had been re-building the wall but this becomes a fence near the trig. It nestles in a right angle of the wall. There's a good view of the interesting cross country conveyor belt.

Good condition 26th Jul 2015  09:00  by Borderer

FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Second attempt at this one. Tried a couple on months back when the felling operations were ongoing but failed to find it. No problems this time as all of the trees are away restoring views to Arthur's Seat, Allermuir and over into Fife for the first time in +20 years.


Good condition 22nd Mar 2015  10:30  by Mickandkim

Gridref: NT 34729 57038   FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Forest now mostly gone easy access around wall and fence

Good condition 10th Mar 2012  15:26  by coinea

Gridref: NT 34726 57031   FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

S3073 Esperton Law.

Good condition 10th Mar 2012  15:25  by Clochandighter

Gridref: NT 34730 57027   FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Third visit. Parked south verge, NT346576. Up via edges of old quarry to NT344571 then SE up boundary fence and through woods. In NE corner of grazing field by walled corner. Pillar in good condition. Spider retains original OS centre cap with shallow engraved letters. Flush bracket faces 248 (WSW). Vented through NE sight hole. Open skyline spans just 90 with aspects to Torphichen Hill and Dundreich.

S3073 - Esperston Law & GRP
S3073 - Esperston Law pillar & FB

Good condition 5th Mar 2012  16:44  by Border Peat

Gridref: NT 34731 57035   FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Parked in gateway half way up hill pass through gate walk up through old quarry head for gate field had been ploughed so walk round field edge to wood 50yds through wood to wall trig well hidden

S3073©Border Peat

Good condition 5th Feb 2011  13:52  by agentmancuso

Gridref: NT 34724 57034   FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Simple enough from old quarry entrance. Buzzard(?) close to pillar.

Good condition 10th Jan 2009  11:30  by Boys from the Dyes

FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Pillar and metal in good condition. OS cap still there.

Esperston law pillar, spider and flush bracket.

Good condition 2nd Jan 2007  15:45  by andyc

FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Nice spot above a disused quarry in the South of Midlothian.

Good condition 26th Jun 2005  17:50  by sky high boys

FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Tucked away in a niche, and neatly camoflagued by the wall! The spiders been cleaned and some birds of prey circling overhead. Nice hot day.

Trig ©sky high boys

Good condition 26th Dec 2004  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

vgc, metal cap shallow letters, nr cnr of pltn

Good condition 10th Oct 2004  11:00  by fasgadh

Gridref: NT 34723 57037   FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Corner of a wood near a disused limestone quarry. Easy to get to, grass not grazed for some time, and dying off.

Esperston Law Metal
Esperston Law

Good condition 13th Jun 2004  19:35  by ipeattie

Gridref: NT 34728 57033   FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Got on to the hill over the gate at NT 34526 57606. Initially the ground is very uneven, with much evidence of the quarrying which used to take place there. The field soon gives way to flatter grazing land as you approach the wood at the top of the hill. A short walk through the corner of the woods leads to a gate to another field, with the trig sitting in a little recess just by the gate. Pillar in good condition, with the original spider cap.

Esperston Law - S3073 The pillar.
Esperston Law - S3073 The pillar.
Esperston Law - S3073 The flush bracket.

Good condition 21st May 2003  14:57  by Clochandighter

FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Esperston Law is in Midlothian, three miles south of Gorebridge. The trig pillar is in the corner of a grazing field just outside a wood. The farmer has erected an additional fence and gate effictively placing the trig outside the grazing field. The nearest approach is from the unclassified road to the north, but this site can also be accessed directly from the Morrfoot Hills to the south, all open grazing land. The pillar built c1943 is still in very good condition, but lacking paint. The spider is complete, OS cap has shallow engraved font. The flush bracket is on the WSW face of the pillar. Open aspect to Moorfoot Hills. Torfichen Hill trig (S3082) visible. Revisited and photographed 21/05/2003, GRP. Weather overcast but dry. Photos to follow.

S3073 - without paint as it looked by 2003.
S3073 - Esperston Law GRP's usual assortment.

Good condition 10th Nov 2002  12:00  by iainmac

FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Revisited 05/02/2004 to photograph


Good condition 30th Jun 1985  14:00  by Clochandighter

FB Number: S3073  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

First visit. To record FB number. The pillar was completed 10th September 1943 costing 5.1s.0d. Later in 1943 this marker was computed for triangulation as tertiary station NT48/T65 in the Edinburgh secondary block. The flush bracket was levelled for height in 1960. This trig point was last maintained by the OS in August 1981.

S3073 - when it had paint. Photograph taken 1985.

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