SE2535 : Benchmark on canal bridge, Leeds and Bradford Road

taken 8 months ago, near to Headingley, Leeds, Great Britain

Benchmark on canal bridge, Leeds and Bradford Road
Benchmark on canal bridge, Leeds and Bradford Road
The benchmark is on the east side of the bridge and the north (towpath) side of the canal. According to the "bench mark database" online, it was on the Liverpool to Spurn Head levelling line during the first primary levelling of England & Wales, with a height of 126.734 feet [38.628m] as also noted on old maps, but that was based on mean sea level at the Liverpool datum, which is different to the Newlyn datum used on later maps.

Note also the rope erosion on the corner of the abutment.
Leeds and Liverpool Canal :: SD8842
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is the longest canal in Northern England at 127 miles long. The first of the trans-Pennine canals it took 46 years to build at a cost of five times the original budget, mainly because of the length and complexity of the route. It passes through 91 locks with a summit level of 487 feet at Foulridge near Nelson and Colne. It was originally conceived in the 18th century to carry woollen goods from Leeds and Bradford and limestone from Skipton but in its 19th century heyday it carried stone, coal and many other goods. The impact of the railways was not as great as with other canals and commercial traffic continued along the main canal until 1964. Regular work stopped in 1972 when the movement of coal to Wigan Power Station ceased. In the latter part of the 20th century the leisure potential of the canal was developed and it is now a popular destination for cruising, fishing, walking and cycling. See LinkExternal link for detailed information.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 29 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 29 July, 2017
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2577 3566 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:48.9952N 1:36.6044W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2577 3566
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