Saturday, 28 September 2013

Scottish Geo Finds

I've just spent a week in Scotland on leave.  I started in Glasgow, swung by Dunblane and Stirling and finished my week in Ayr.

Glasgow is a truly beautiful city to wander around.  The architecture is fantastic.  Not only that but the building stone makes it dead easy to spot benchmarks.
13 09 23 Glasgow City (5)
Look at this beauty - higher than usual due to the building buttress.
13 09 23 Glasgow City (10)
I realised quite soon that the benchmarks were so easy to spot across road junctions that I nearly got run over a few times; being far more focused on the BM opposite than the traffic.  Doh.

Glasgow Central Station is a bit special.  I've never seen this before. I wonder if they put in the second higher BM when the lower one was covered?
13 09 24 Glasgow Central Station 
As I walked towards Kelvingrove I liked this company's sign for obvious reasons.
13 09 23 Glasgow City (3)
And, hey, it has it's own benchmark too!
13 09 23 Glasgow City (4)
A stroll around the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum unearthed these
13 09 23 Glasgow -  Kelvingrove Museum (6)
And a larger orrery.  This is by John Fulton built in 1833.  It contains only 7 planets: it was before Nepture and Pluto were discovered.
13 09 23 Glasgow -  Kelvingrove Museum (7)
One thing I wanted to do whilst in Glasgow was the Glasgow Geek Guide.  I was particuarly keen to see the measurements in George's Square.    Standard measures at 62 deg F.
13 09 24 Glasgow City - George Square (1)
The guide says there are more in the North Lawns.  It took me a while to realise that these weren't easily accessible due to pre-Commonwealth Games construction work.  However, armed with a good idea where they should be a gap in the hoarding, I sort of 'bagged' them.
 13 09 24 Glasgow City - George Square (3)
If you look carefully you can see the chain length marked out.
13 09 24 Glasgow City - George Square (4)
Maybe when I'm back next summer I'll be able to have a better look and perhaps see the RICS plaque too.

No geo finds in Dunblane but Stirling was oozing with them.  Or perhaps not?  Is this British Telecom graffiti?
13 09 25 Stirling (3)
And this is?
13 09 25 Stirling (4)
Now this one is a bit special - BM with bolt.  And I presume the info about is by the War Department?
13 09 25 Stirling (5)
More War Department info on the walls surrounding Stirling Castle.
13 09 25 Stirling (8)
The Stirling Smith Museum and Art Gallery was a nice find. 
13 09 25 Stirling Smith Museum and Art Gallery (12)
Queen Anne official weights, 1707.
13 09 25 Stirling Smith Museum and Art Gallery (13)
Imperial Yard.
13 09 25 Stirling Smith Museum and Art Gallery (14)
And a chain.
13 09 25 Stirling Smith Museum and Art Gallery (16)
Lastly I visited Ayr. I had decided to bag a couple of OS bolts on the promenade. The first was up on the south arm of the harbour.  As I walked towards it I came across this  unusual lampost.
13 09 27 Ayr (2)
Not a mile I've come across in my geodesy career.  It is apparently1984 yards, 224 yards longer than a standard mile.  Whatever 'standard' was in those days.  It is not at all surprising that measurements varied locally; I'm still smiling at the Smoot length we found in Boston last year.
 13 09 27 Ayr (6)
At the end of the south arm of the harbour entrance is a very rusty light beacon.
13 09 27 Ayr (4)
And a few metres away is the bolt.  A local fisherman moved his foot so I could take a photo.  I got the 'you look a bit mad to be photographing the pavement' look from him which I am well used to seeing.  Anyway, TP11614 all bagged and blogged.
 13 09 27 Ayr (5)
The second bolt, a Lang Scots Mile and a bit away, was equally unexciting to look at.  But I still sadly took a photo. TP11612 bagged. 
13 09 27 Ayr (1)

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