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TP8454 - Obelisk
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This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 6818th with 81 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 5.30/10 (from 10 logged visits)
Was First logged: 23rd Apr 2012
Was Last logged: 14th Sep 2018

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

All were within 7m
The average error was 3m
1 was exact

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Geographic Info on Obelisk
By Dusty
Obelisk (Just)
By Dusty

By asbown
Durham Obelisk
By ted
is trigging good reason
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Logged Visits:

Good condition 14th Sep 2018  10:50  by Dusty

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

Worth ignoring the sign to get up close. Built in 1850 by local Durham philanthropist William Lloyd Wharton, the obelisk stands at 90 feet tall. Yet surprisingly, the sandstone tower is visible from only a few vantage points, being relatively hidden and unknown to most residents. It was supposedly built to provide work for Durham locals during a recession and as a gift to the newly founded Durham University, even though it was erected about a mile away from the campus observatory. Nonetheless, the university lit it up as a beacon to determine due north during its studies of astronomy. But sadly for the towering structure, the university observatory switched from making astronomical observations to being a purely meteorological station. This rendered the obelisk obsolete, ending its tenure as a tool to study the cosmos. A stairway to the top of the neglected obelisk still exists deep inside the tower, though its entrance was walled up about 10 years ago. The obelisk itself is situated in a small wood and can only be seen poking out of the trees in summer or glimpsed ghost-like through the trees on a winterís day.

Obelisk (Just)
Geographic Info on Obelisk

Good condition 24th Aug 2017  12:04  by Ant1974

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

Good condition 12th Nov 2016  17:02  by VinceTP

Gridref: NZ 26725 43013   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Good condition 2nd May 2016  09:15  by Mickandkim

Gridref: NZ 26722 43020   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Pointy thing

Good condition 20th Feb 2015  14:24  by Triggers

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

pointy obelisk

Good condition 10th Sep 2014  08:19  by asbown

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

could not get access without climbing a fence and as plenty about I left it with a view from the road only.

Good condition 25th Nov 2012  11:15  by arranc

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 2/10

no access. in grounds of school.

Good condition 8th Sep 2012  08:20  by ted

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

Path via fence from Obelisk Lane. Lat/Lon/Height inscribed on base but lettering is worn and not easy to read. Monument not very visible - a pity that it is neglected.

Durham Obelisk plaque
Durham Obelisk close view
Durham Obelisk distant view

Good condition 9th Jun 2012  18:45  by sheepsocks

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

Jumped over the back fence of the school grounds from Obelisk Lane into the woods which hide the obelisk. Dark and rainy so not a great photo.

Good condition 23rd Apr 2012  18:20  by CJO

Gridref: NZ 26721 43017   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

I've lived in Durham for 15 years and didnt even know this was here. Hidden in some woodland adjacent to the playing fields of St Leonards School. A web search gave the following information "Erected by William Lloyd Wharton in 1850 as a gift to the University of Durham - intended as a reference point for the telescope at the observatory (a little over 1km due south of here), but now no longer used as anything more than an interesting landmark." " grade II listed building". Inscribed with lat and long, magnetic information and height above sea level (half tide). Trees grown around site so views very limited but nevertheless a nice spot with bluebells in flower.

is trigging good reason

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