Cambridge in Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Great St. Mary’s Datum
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. Touch 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 (Submitted on August 26, 2013, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2013, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 426 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 26, 2013, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.