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TP2589 - Crichton Mains
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Lothian Region
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
Crichton MainsNT48/T52NT48T052338910.33660632.71244.7023PILLAR01/06/1943101/05/1960N0

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There are 21 photos for this trigpoint (view album).

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 4060th with 43 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 5.87/10 (from 30 logged visits)
Was First logged: 30th Jun 1985
Was Last logged: 15th Oct 2023

Of the 30 logged visits,
14 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 34m
The average error was 7m
3 were exact

Gallow Hill Gallow Hill grannymermaid grannymermaid Border Peat Border Peat ipeattie ipeattie agentmancuso agentmancuso clochandighter clochandighter caroleengel caroleengel fasgadh fasgadh Sandgrownun Sandgrownun jazzjo71 jazzjo71 Lannie&Andy Lannie&Andy Mickandkim Mickandkim coinea coinea BigJ BigJ NJM NJM Crichton Mains Crichton Mains [Zoom In/Out] [Hide Labels]

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Crichton Mains
By Sandgrownun
S3074 - Crichton Mains.
By clochandighter
By iainmac
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Logged Visits:

Good condition 15th Oct 2023  10:30  by jazzjo71

Gridref: NT 38910 60633   FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Easy to see trig point from the road


Good condition 18th Mar 2023  14:50  by NJM

Gridref: NT 38911 60637   FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Up the track and a very short plodge across waterlogged young crop to the pillar. Wellies essential! Good views.

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Good condition 25th Jul 2021  16:10  by Analoguesat

FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Easy access along the track from the road to the east.Viewed from the track as a cereal crop was growing in the field & no handy tramlines to get to it. Only 50 yards into the field from the track. Two buzzards were screaming in the trees at the top of the hill.

Good condition 2nd Oct 2020  14:49  by Oldhortus

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

Easy bag can been seen at the roadside. 360 view of rolling countryside. While in the area Crichton Castle is well worth a visit.

Good condition 1st Sep 2019  10:22  by A1Mushroom

FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Parked at the gate and walked up the track, cut across the stubble when i was equal with the trig. Extra careful with my footing as it was rape seed stubble and there like spears sticking up!

Good condition 20th Mar 2019  11:45  by grannymermaid

Gridref: NT 38900 60600   FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Good views all around. Situated just at the edge of a field up a slight incline.

Good condition 3rd Jan 2018  14:20  by Lannie&Andy

Gridref: NT 38910 60633   FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Passed through Tynehead and onto B6367. Continued on this road and halfway along the road between Tynehead and Crichton there was a gate on the left hand side which we climbed over and it lead up to the trigpoint. This was our fourth trigpoint visited and was very easy to get to. Field had very early signs of crops growing so we were careful to walk along the main grass verge to the right of field to avoid ruining them. We had followed the tractor tracks up the field and then up to the hill to the trig in less than two minutes. Nice find on a cold wet day!

Happiness that a Trig brings! ©Lannie&Andy
Good times finding the Trig ©Lannie&Andy

Good condition 26th Jun 2017  13:18  by AFWFCL

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

Good condition 26th May 2017  11:55  by Sandgrownun

Gridref: NT 38913 60629   FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Followed tramlines from gate straight to pillar to avoid crop damage. Pillar in good nick, OS cap in place, no sight holes open. Excellent views on a glorious day.

Crichton Mains Pillar
Crichton Mains Pillar
Crichton Mains Pillar
Crichton Mains Flush bracket
Crichton Mains Top

Good condition 8th Oct 2016  00:00  by caroleengel

Gridref: NT 38912 60627   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

In summer will be in crop

Unreachable but visible 11th Sep 2016  17:00  by fasgadh

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Unreachable but visible  Score: 6/10

Crop still standing so I could only see it from a nearby track. Looks like it is in good nick.

Good condition 7th Apr 2015  18:15  by Borderer

FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Short 2 minute walk up a track from the B6367 with fine views over Midlothian.


Good condition 13th Mar 2015  10:40  by SummitPlummet

FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Good condition 12th Oct 2014  12:08  by BigJ

Gridref: NT 38911 60635   FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Visible from road. In between crops so access easy.

Good condition 23rd Sep 2013  13:44  by coinea

Gridref: NT 38912 60632   FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Young crop growing in field (brassica). Tramlines not running in helpful direction for access from track.

Good condition 1st Mar 2013  22:40  by THE CYCLIST

FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Good condition 15th Jan 2011  11:30  by agentmancuso

Gridref: NT 38910 60628   FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Easy from ENE. Crops shorn at this time of year.

Good condition 9th Oct 2010  14:30  by Mickandkim

Gridref: NT 38910 60633   FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Easy field trig up short lane Crop has gone

Good condition 3rd Jul 2010  21:15  by Bergfuehrer

FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Midlothian. It was still broad daylight for this evening visit to the trig pillar, it won't have been for poor old Border Peat when he visited at midnight in April! There were good views on a summer evening. Plug with indented lettering.

Good condition 23rd Apr 2010  00:00  by Border Peat

Gridref: NT 38900 60600   FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

in wheat field track up side of field crop just planted

trig S3074 ©Border Peat

Good condition 31st May 2009  16:36  by clochandighter

Gridref: NT 38910 60629   FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Third visit here, this time for GPS reading. Also bagging nearby NPFBs. Pillar in good condition. Spider retains original centre plug with shallow engraved letters. FB faces SE. Vented through SW sight hole.

Good condition 2nd Jan 2007  16:20  by andyc

FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Another agricultural Midlothian trig. How long will it last?

Good condition 26th Dec 2004  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

vgc, metal cap shallow letters, a few m into arable field

Good condition 6th Oct 2004  16:00  by sky high boys

FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 4/10

Another previously surrounded by crops. Looked like its been going to rain all day but its just held off for a change. Time to escape back into Edinburgh before the rush hour begins.

Good condition 25th Sep 2004  18:59  by ipeattie

Gridref: NT 38910 60625   FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Return visit to photograph.

Crichton Mains - S3074 The pillar.
Crichton Mains - S3074 The flush bracket.

Good condition 13th Jun 2004  20:20  by ipeattie

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

Up a farm track from the road. Currently unreachable due to crops. Tramlines near the trig, but decided not to venture any closer than the track as the tramlines were narrow, and the crop was high, so hard to avoid damaging it. Will return after the crop has gone.

Crichton Mains - S3074 The pillar in a sea of crops. (Focus? We don't need no focus!)

Good condition 18th Jan 2004  12:30  by fasgadh

Gridref: NT 38913 60629   FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Now on a knoll, due to ploughing, a sort of reverse Kippit Hill. In a field of winter crops and in good condition. Evidence of a recent visit. Despite the gloom, a good view of the Moorfoot Scarp.

Crichton Mains ©fasgadh

Good condition 14th May 2003  12:37  by clochandighter

FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Crichton is a hamlet in Midlothian, two miles southwest of Pathhead or 11 miles southeast of Edinburgh. The trig pillar is one mile south of Crichton a few metres from the edge of an arable field. Access is easy. A track runs from the B6367 along the northern edge of the field. The trig is then carefully approached via tramlines with consideration not to damage vegetation. Pillar completed, September 1943. Tertiary station in Block NT48, Edinburgh. The pillar is in very good condition and has the company of many small boulders. The spider retains its original OS plug with shallow engraved lettering. The flush bracket is on the southeast face of the pillar. The sighting tube end on the fb side is plugged. The others were all buried by boulders, which were not disturbed. Views to the Pentland and Lomond Hills. I wouldn't normally give such a high rating to a location in an arable field, but this really is a lovely setting.

S3074 - Crichton Mains.

Good condition 10th Nov 2002  12:00  by iainmac

FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Revisited 05/02/2004 to photograph


Good condition 30th Jun 1985  18:04  by clochandighter

FB Number: S3074  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

First visit. To record FB number. HISTORY The pillar was completed in September 1943 costing 4.17s.0d. Later in 1943 this marker was computed for triangulation as tertiary station NT48/T52 in the Edinburgh secondary block. The flush bracket was levelled for height to first class precision, tertiary standards in May 1960. This trig point was last maintained by the OS in August 1981.

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