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TP6807 - West Fen
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
West FenTF05/T63TF05T063528211.35352428.332.7583PILLAR01/06/1950101/06/1965N0

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There are 12 photos for this trigpoint (view album).

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 5598th with 317 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 5.50/10 (from 12 logged visits)
Was First logged: 2nd Feb 2005
Was Last logged: 13th Apr 2019

Of the 12 logged visits,
7 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 1805m
The average error was 262m
1 was exact

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Selection of photos for this Pillar.

FB side faces away from the drain (recorded as being S5256).

By asbown
West Fen
S5256 Flush Bracket
By Trigpoint Bears
See 6 more in the album.

Logged Visits:

Good condition 13th Apr 2019  19:08  by WanderingSal

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

Good condition 31st Aug 2018  09:53  by eon

Gridref: TF 28209 52432   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

(1007) Drove down to Riggals farm and met with the owners. "Oh, are you a trigger?" Permission to visit was freely given, and I had a good old chat about the pillar with the two brothers. A decent half hour walk each way, and the last field was still in crop, so had to walk its overgrown boundary instead of simply cutting across. Pillar submerged to above the flush bracket - previous visits record this as S5256 . All else looks to be good. Met with the owners on the way back, and had another good chat. Nice one to tick off. Pillar history: Built on the 10th of February 1949, at a cost of 11 10s 6d. Last maintained by the OS in April of 1981.

Pillar. ©eon
FB side faces away from the drain (recorded as being S5256). ©eon
Top. ©eon

Good condition 11th Jan 2017  09:15  by asbown

Gridref: TF 28212 52423   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

asked at the farm and given permission to visit, easy if muddy walk to the pillar.

Good condition 4th May 2015  08:40  by CJO

Gridref: TF 28209 52430   FB Number: S5256  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

All intact. Dug out the flush bracket. Adjacent fen has been dredged over the winter and oyster shells abound on the field edges.

West Fen digging out the FB

Good condition 16th Jul 2013  14:14  by Border Peat

Gridref: TF 28211 52428   FB Number: S5256  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Good condition 18th Dec 2011  12:58  by wrose

Gridref: TF 28211 52437   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

A joint visit with Carole. As others have found it is not touchable from the road junction near Bridge farm. So we went to Riggals Farm to the south for permission to make a trespass visit. This was readily given and resulted in a lengthy discussion in which we were able to impart some information about the pillar net work. At the same time we learned quite a lot too. His father had told him that the surveyors had wanted to place the pillar in the middle of the field but they were persuaded to place on the edge instead. Originally access had been possible from Bridge farm by means of a foot bridge - long gone now though. We were also told that it was originally visited about every two years and brushed and cleaned. Anyway enough of this back to the issue in hand. From the farm a good track runs north to the drain and then runs alongside it only become a field edge on nearing being level with the pillar which was easy to see. Then it was possible to follow a convenient tractor track across to it. Pillar has sunk considerably an there was no sign of the flush bracket. (Next visitor can dig it out!) Otherwise it is in good condition and retains an original indented lettered plug. A round trip of just over two easy miles.

S5256 West Fen Pillar.
S5256 West Fen Plug.

Good condition 17th Dec 2011  00:00  by caroleengel

Gridref: TF 28212 54233   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Unreachable but visible 1st Jul 2011  08:32  by THE CYCLIST

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

The top of the pillar was just visible from the road. The ex farmhouse is still under renovation! As there was no one about, passed through grounds and a long edge of dike and following filed to opposite pillar. This is as close as you can get without a very long walk in.

Good condition 8th Jul 2010  16:12  by Brisey

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

My visit was after a long walk elsewhere so I made do with observing the pillar from the south-west side of Newham Drain, accessed through Bridge Farm. The house is currently under renovation with no-one about, so a couple of gates and some very uneven ground close to the drain were negotiated to get a view. The lower part of the pillar was hidden by long grass so no sighting of the flush bracket.

Good condition 31st Aug 2005  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S5256  Condition: Good  Score: 4/10

vgc, metal cap shallow letters, FB mostly buried in softish soil, SE bank of deep wide drain - long walk or short swim !

Montaged by Jon Rouse ©peregrinus

Good condition 6th Feb 2005  16:17  by Trigpoint Bears

Gridref: TF 28210 52436   FB Number: S5256  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

As was said before, quite difficult to get too. Involved a 5km walk round some fields (with landowners permission). When we got there couldn't find the flush bracket, had to dig around with our walking sticks and then wash it off. Must remember to add small spade and nail brush to our kit for just such events. Not much to say about the countryside, just miles and miles of fields. West sight hole was open but others were buried, all metalwork intact, indented lettering on the plug.

GPS Position
S5256 Flush Bracket This took some getting too, the water came from washing it.
Ploughing has given the appearance of this pillar being sunk, it's just soil piled up the side
Another view of the excavation

Unreachable but visible 2nd Feb 2005  15:00  by HEATHENS

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

Would have been our 200th but not easily accessible due to being the wrong side of two drains. May be possible with a detour but would involve trespass.

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