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Saltwell Park, Gateshead – Recycled Water Trough

Lurking in the undergrowth in Saltwell Park, Gateshead. Now a glorified flower-pot, it must once have been a working water trough. Times change, and there would be worse fates.

More photos of this and other water troughs in North East England at- http://holywells.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=200

 

 

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Roadside Water Trough – West Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne

A roadside water trough, located in Forsyth Road, West Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne,  a few yards from the junction with the Great North Road.

An Ordnance Survey bench mark – a horizontal line with an arrow pointing up from below – is carved into one end of the trough.

These marks were cut by Ordnance Survey levelling staff to provide a network of points at which height has been precisely measured (to the centre of the horizontal line) above sea level.

There used to be about half a million bench marks in Great Britain but they are not needed any more, due to satellite technology,  and about half have disappeared.

More photos/info in the Water Troughs In North East England thread at the Holy Wells & Water Lore Forum  http://holywells.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=200

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