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Dorchester Fundamental Bench Mark   


Location
Grid reference: SY 6968 9052.
Landranger 194: Dorchester & Weymouth, Cerne Abbas & Bere Regis.
Explorer OL15: Purbeck & South Dorset.
Explorer 117: Cerne Abbas & Bere Regis.
GPS network passive station: H1SY6990.
Waypoint: FM7196.

Neighbouring Flush Brackets
G4998 Dorchester, County Police Station 822.01m to the southwest.
205 Dorchester, The Keep 907.96m to the west.
G3561 Dorchester, Frome Bridge 1.07km to the northwest.
G1873 Dorchester, Alington Road 1.39km to the east.
206 Dorchester, River Frome Railway Bridge 2.08km to the northwest.
The nearest fundamental bench mark is Thornford, 24.39km to the northwest.

Second Geodetic Levelling, England & Wales (1912-21)
This fundamental bench mark was used during the Second geodetic levelling, England & Wales, and was levelled with a height of 214.5150 feet [65.3842 metres] above mean sea level (Newlyn datum). It was included on the Dorchester to Beer, Thornford to Dorchester and Wimborne to Dorchester levelling lines.

Third Geodetic Levelling, England & Wales (1950-68)
This fundamental bench mark was used during the Third geodetic levelling, England & Wales, and was levelled with a height of 214.5150 feet [65.3842 metres] above mean sea level (Newlyn datum). It was included on the Dorchester to Beer, Dorchester to Thornford, Weymouth Loop and Wimborne to Dorchester levelling lines.

Logged Visits
Visited on 28th April 2016 by Dusty. Condition: Good.

Visited on 11th November 2015 by jonglew. Grid reference: SY 69684 90528. Condition: Good.
Well kept, railings had reasonably fresh coat green paint. Block could do with digging out a little, dock still a bit of a problem. Height tag missing. Photos at:
http://www.jonglew.com/Walking/TrigPoints/2015/20151111-DorchesterFBM1.jpg
http://www.jonglew.com/Walking/TrigPoints/2015/20151111-DorchesterFBM3.jpg
http://www.jonglew.com/Walking/TrigPoints/2015/20151111-DorchesterFBM4.jpg

Visited on 31st January 2015 by Ruvaal. Condition: Good.
Made it to this one! Nice to see it protected with railings.

Visited on 22nd January 2015 by Skerryvore. Condition: Good.
Ruvaal texted me to give me the coords for this one while I was in Dorchester. Very good of him, given it meant I got one up on him!

Visited on 7th August 2014 by bikeboyz. Condition: Good.
No change, docs died back a bit so pulled a few out by their roots, suspect it will make no difference!

Visited on 4th November 2012 by bikeboyz. Grid reference: SY 69680 90526. Condition: Good.
all in good order except the weeds, photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/voulez-vous/8154767438/

Visited on 22nd October 2012 by pork_pie_hats. Grid reference: SY 6968 9052. Condition: Good.
Still there although its enclosure has been invaded by dock leaves.

Visited on 21st May 2012 by Griefmiester. Condition: Good.
Located in "playpen" in nice park near church - dark at time of visit so no views

Visited on 13th December 2009 by Calico. Condition: Good.

Visited on 17th September 2007 by RogerTempleman. Condition: Good.
Not vandalised despite being in a public park. Photo showing the benchmark block at http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3692843 with wider view at http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3692858

Visited on 7th August 2006 by RodS. Grid reference: SY 69679 90524. Condition: Good.
Classic 2GL FBM in usual railed enclosure.
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