Bench Mark :: Shared Description

Bench marks were historically used to record the height above sea level of a location as surveyed against the Mean Sea Level data (taken at Clarendon Dock, Belfast, for Northern Ireland data, Newlyn in Cornwall for data in Great Britain and Portmoor Pier, Malin Head, for data relating to the Republic of Ireland). They were used as part of a greater surveying network by the UK Ordnance Survey, Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland (OSNI) and the Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI). If the exact height of one bench mark is known then the exact height of the next can be found by measuring the difference in heights, through a process of spirit levelling. In this way hundreds of thousands of bench marks were sited all around the UK & Ireland from the mid 19th to late 20th centuries. There are several distinct types of bench mark:

- Fundamental bench marks have been constructed at selected sites where foundations can be set on stable strata such as bedrock. Each FBM consists of a buried chamber with a brass bolt set in the top of a granite pillar. See NG8825 : Dornie fundamental bench mark for an example. FBMs were used in Ireland as well as GB but those in Ireland do not have any surface markers, nor are they marked on standard maps.
- Flush brackets consist of metal plates about 90 mm wide and 175 mm long. Each bracket has a unique serial number. They are most commonly found on most Triangulation Pillars, some churches or on other important civic buildings. See J3270 : Flush Bracket, Belfast for an example.
- Cut bench marks are the commonest form of mark. They consist of a horizontal bar cut into a wall or brickwork and are found just about anywhere. A broad arrow is cut immediately below the centre of the horizontal bar. See J3372 : Bench Mark, Belfast for an example. The horizontal mark may be replaced by or contain a bolt - see J1486 : Bench Mark, Antrim.
Other marks include:
- Projecting bench marks such as SD8072 : Projecting Bracket Benchmark on St Oswald's Tower
- Bolt bench marks such as SJ1888 : OSBM bolt on Hilbre Island
- Rivet bench marks such as J3978 : Bench Mark, Holywood
- Pivot bench marks such as SJ2661 : Pivot bench mark on Leeswood Bridge

Bench marks are commonly found on older buildings or other semi-permanent features such as stone bridges or walls. Due to updated mapping techniques and technological advances such as GPS, bench marks are no longer maintained. Many are still in existence and the markers will probably remain until they are eventually destroyed by redevelopment or erosion.
by Rossographer
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SJ4811 : OS benchmark - Meole Brace, 55 Grange Road by Richard Law
SK2523 : Bench mark on Burton Bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
SO7875 : OS benchmark - Bewdley, former warehouse by Richard Law
SK6724 : Bench mark, Station Road bridge, Old Dalby by Alan Murray-Rust
C4316 : Bench Mark, Derry/Londonderry by Rossographer
NY5615 : OS flush bracket - Shap Community Library by Richard Law
J5081 : Flush Bracket, Bangor by Rossographer
SO9098 : OS benchmark - the former Alexandra public house, Chapel Ash by Richard Law
SP0991 : OS benchmark - Stockland Green, 197 George Road by Richard Law
NT2675 : Bench mark, 28 Balfour Street, Pilrig by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ5509 : OS benchmark - Attingham Park Lodge by Richard Law
SP0886 : OS benchmark - Bordesley, St Andrews Road bridge by Richard Law
SJ9529 : Bench mark, All Saints Church, Sandon by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ6911 : OS benchmark - Wombridge, 12 Maurice Lee Avenue by Richard Law
J5081 : Bench Mark, Bangor by Rossographer
H4572 : Omagh courthouse - another bench mark! by Kenneth  Allen
H2344 : Bench Mark 3221, Enniskillen by Kenneth  Allen
SK5539 : Bench mark, Abbey Bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ9223 : Bench mark, Borough Hall, Stafford by Alan Murray-Rust
SO7292 : OS benchmark - Bridgnorth, 51 Stourbridge Road by Richard Law
SJ9706 : OS benchmark - Cheslyn Hay, 39 Wolverhampton Road by Richard Law
SK7585 : Flush bracket bench mark 2806, Corner House, North Wheatley by Alan Murray-Rust
SP1386 : OS benchmark - Stechford, 311 Station Road by Richard Law
SP1282 : OS benchmark - Olton, 64 Severne Road by Richard Law
SK4236 : Bench mark, Bare Lane, Ockbrook by Alan Murray-Rust

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Created: Tue, 2 Mar 2010, Updated: Tue, 14 Jun 2016

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