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Great St. Mary’s Datum

 
 
Great St. Mary’s Datum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, August 17, 2013
1. Great St. Mary’s Datum Marker
Inscription.
This disk
marks the datum point
from which in 1725 William Warren,
Fellow of Trinity Hall, began to measure
the one mile points along the roads from
Cambridge at which were then set up
the first true milestones in Britain
since Roman times.


 
Location. 52° 12.317′ N, 0° 7.076′ E. Marker is in Cambridge, England, in Cambridgeshire. Marker is on King’s Parade, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on the wall just right of the entrance to Great St. Mary’s Church. Marker is in this post office area: Cambridge, England CB2 3PQ, United Kingdom.
 
Regarding Great St. Mary’s Datum. William Warren chose Great St. Mary’s Church as the starting point for his milestone series. This church, also known as the University Church, has dominated the Cambridge marketplace for more than 800 years. Its belfry was added in 1593, and by 1608 its main tower reached its present height of 114 feet. Visitors can climb the 123 steps for a panoramic view of Cambridge and the surrounding countryside. (These details are from the flyer visitors receive when they climb the tower.)
 
Also see . . .  Milestones. More about William Warren and the series
Church Entrance with Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, August 17, 2013
2. Church Entrance with Marker
of milestones he began. (Submitted on August 26, 2013, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Looking North Toward the Church image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, August 17, 2013
3. Looking North Toward the Church
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 354 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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