SK3516 : Church of The Holy Trinity, Ashby-de-la-Zouch

taken 4 months ago, near to Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Church of The Holy Trinity, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Church of The Holy Trinity, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
The 'west' front with tower.
Bench Mark
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.
Church of The Holy Trinity, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
The church was built between 1838 and 1840 at the instigation of the Marquess of Hastings to reflect the towns rapidly growing population in the early part of thee 19th century. The architect was Henry Stevens of Derby.

The church has a lot in common with the Commissioners' Churches of the period, but cannot be formally considered as one, although some of the funding did come the Church Commissioners and the Church Building Society.

Stevens chose the Early English style of Gothic for his design, the relatively plain decoration ensuring that costs were not excessive. As with many churches of the time, it consists of a very wide nave under a single span of roof, with chancel and west* tower. The presence of a gallery on three sides gives the impression of an aisled interior. The gallery is supported on decorative cast iron columns and brackets.

The original chancel was a small apsidal structure, replaced in 1866 by the current chancel, reflecting changes in liturgical practices. The work included flanking vestry and organ chamber. Original box pews in the nave were replaced by bench pews in 1885-6, although those in the gallery remain in place.

The church tower originally supported a spire but in 1899 it was deemed unsafe but the high estimate for repairs resulted in a decision to demolish it instead, this occurring in 1900.

Further changes to the internal layout in the 20th and 21st centuries reflect modern liturgical practices and the desire to provide more communal facilities.

The church is Listed Grade II.

* west in the liturgical sense; the church is oriented north-south with the tower at the north end.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 5 August, 2018   (more nearby)
Monday, 13 August, 2018
Geographical Context
Construction, Development 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3549 1660 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:44.7518N 1:28.5422W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3549 1660
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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