Pole Hill's Inaccurate Obelisk


Pole Hill's Inaccurate Obelisk

The site of a massive stone pillar put in the wrong place!

Location: Pole Hill, Chingford

Description: There are two obelisks here.

There is a small concrete obelisk, marking the true modern position of the Greenwich Meridian.

And there is the original large granite pillar here which has a plaque reading:

THIS PILLAR WAS ERECTED IN 1824 UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE REVEREND JOHN POND MA, ASTRONOMER ROYAL. IT WAS PLACED IN THE GREENWICH MERIDIAN AND ITS PURPOSE WAS TO INDICATE THE DIRECTION OF TRUE NORTH FROM THE TRANSIT TELESCOPE OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY. THE GREENWICH MERIDIAN AS CHANGED IN 1850 AND ADOPTED BY INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT IN 1884 AS THE LINE OF ZERO LONGITUDE, PASSES 19 FEET TO THE EAST OF THIS PILLAR.

Ooops!

Themes: AncientAncient Theme  NatureNature Theme  ScienceScience Theme
Pole Hill's Inaccurate Obelisk

The site of a massive stone pillar put in the wrong place!

Ranking This Month: 2376/3012

Pages Hit This Month: 8


Your Comments:

Name:
Email:
Your email will ONLY be used once, to confirm the publication of your comments. We value your contribution and privacy.

Anti-spam Security: Please enter this code:


Other places nearby:


The Temple of Mithras», 9.3km

Loughton's Iron Age Camp», 2.6km

Middle Temple Hall», 9.7km

Walnut Tree House», 4.8km

Hadrian's Well», 9.2km

Well Hall Pleasaunce», 12.km

Beddington Roman Villa», 17.km

The Ancient House», 3.5km

Edward III's House», 9.7km

Bishopsgate Mitre», 8.9km

Location Pinpointed: