Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Bristol Leanings

I've recently spent a couple of days in Bristol.  Our hotel was next to Temple Church, founded by Robert of Gloucester in 1147.  It was rebuilt during the 14th and 15th centuries during which period the tower was built.

It is not a result of the camera angle: this tower really is out of kilter.  Apparently it has been leaning ever since construction and it is now 1.64m out of true.
14 02 18 1-Temple Church (4)
I wasn't suprised to see these survey markers halfway up the wall.
14 02 18 1-Temple Church (5)
But a tad surprised to find a benchmark at the base.  Just goes to show that it really is quite stable, just not vertical.
14 02 18 1-Temple Church (6)
I found a few benchmarks in Bristol.  My husband is quite worried for my safety when I'm in benchmark hunting mode (which is constant?).  I do sometimes trip over things and have to make a conscious effort to watch traffic at times.  This one was a treat.
14 02 18 5- Bristol Buildings (1)
It's part of the 3rd geodetic levelling of Great Britain.  If I had been more organised I would have checked out the location of other flush brackets in Bristol.  Next time.

Today we popped into M Shed and, of course, there were some nautical treats to see.
14 02 19 Bristol M Shed (2)
14 02 19 Bristol M Shed (1)
And a disused light ship in Bathurst Basin.
14 02 19 Bristol Light Ship (2)

1 comment:

Keith Farmer said...

Bristol Cathedral is another interesting one as the building is 2° out