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 Due to updated mapping techniques and technological advances such as GPS, bench marks are no longer maintained.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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SP1876 : OS benchmark - Knowle, 70 Station Road by Richard Law
SK2430 : Bench mark, Hilton bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
SK9800 : Bench mark, Duddington Bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
SE6132 : Bench mark, #112 Ousegate by Alan Murray-Rust
ST5069 : OS benchmark - Flax Bourton, church by Richard Law
SW6225 : OS benchmark & bolt - Porthleven, St Bartholomew's Church by Richard Law
SP1388 : OS benchmark - The Raven pub by Richard Law
ST5773 : Bench mark, Richmond Hill Avenue by Alan Murray-Rust
SO6094 : A misplaced benchmark by Richard Law
J5081 : Bench Mark, Bangor by Rossographer
SE7871 : Bench mark, Wheelgate, Malton by Pauline E
SJ9211 : OS benchmark - Gailey Lea Lane bridge by Richard Law
SP2386 : OS benchmark - Maxstoke, Priory Wall by Richard Law
NS2577 : Possible bench mark beside Battery Park by Lairich Rig
SP1784 : Wallbox & OS benchmark in Marston Green by Richard Law
SJ9900 : OS benchmark - no 183 Bloxwich Lane by Richard Law
J3475 : Bench Mark, Belfast by Rossographer
SK3447 : Bench mark, 28 Green Lane, Belper by Alan Murray-Rust
ST8291 : Bench mark, St Andrew's Church, Leighterton by Alan Murray-Rust
J5081 : Bench Mark, Bangor by Rossographer
SK7963 : Bench mark, St Mary's Church, Carlton-on-Trent by Alan Murray-Rust
J5081 : Bench Mark, Bangor Library by Rossographer
SP0892 : OS benchmark - Upper Witton, cemetery wall by Richard Law
SK4235 : Bench mark, Cole Lane bridge, Ockbrook by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ6113 : OS benchmark - Isombridge Farm by Richard Law

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

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