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Projecting Bracket: Reading, Oxford Road   

Bracket on W. face of railway bridge over Oxford Road, Reading [2GL]. Levelled in 1912: not shown on 1931 1:2500 map, or more recent maps.

Location
Grid reference: SU 7027 7346.
Landranger 175: Reading & Windsor, Henley-on-Thames & Bracknell.
Explorer 159: Reading, Wokingham & Pangbourne.
Structure: Bridge.
Waypoint: PB0017.

Neighbouring Flush Brackets
76 Caversham Hotel 1.37km to the northeast.
75 Appletree Eyot 2.35km to the northwest.
3 Mapledurham Lock 4.85km to the northwest.
S9627 Shinfield 5.87km to the southeast.
G3415 Tidmarsh, Home Farm 6.92km to the west.
The nearest fundamental bench mark is Wallingford, 16.66km to the northwest.

Second Geodetic Levelling, England & Wales (1912-21)
This projecting bracket was used during the Second geodetic levelling, England & Wales, and was levelled with a height of 155.4630 feet [47.3851 metres] above mean sea level (Newlyn datum). It was included on the Basingstoke to Wallingford levelling line. The surveyor's description was Bracket on W. face of railway bridge over Oxford Road, Reading.

Logged Visits
Visited on 18th November 2016 by jochta. Grid reference: SU 70283 73472. Condition: Unknown.
There is a trackside BM shown on OS MasterMap on the NW side of the tracks on the E face of the W parapet of the bridge on the N side of Oxford Road. Going by the pattern of trackside PBs on this 2GL line, this could be this BM.

Visited on 20th April 2011 by RogerTempleman. Condition: Unknown.
The 2006 log is based on bad assumptions (the assigned GR assumed a road level mark whereas another mark on a level road 50m east is 19ft below the PB height, and that the mark was on a part of the bridge which was demolised). Noting that a mark of the correct ODN is shown on the western parapet on the 1959 Map, I concluded that the allocation of a definitely destroyed status to be unsound, and also the statement that it is not shown on Maps after 1931 uncertain.
I therefore decided to visit the site to see if a mark could be seen. The location is not accessible to the public being trackside north of the bridge deck (Reading West station platforms are south of the bridge).

Visited on 6th July 2006 by jochta. Condition: Destroyed.
Bridge was demolished and replaced in 1938.

Visited on 10th June 2006 by lackofluke. Condition: Destroyed.
No sign of it.
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