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    Re: Nevil Maskelyne.
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2004 Jul 19, 09:54 +0100

    Dan Allen asked-
    
    >Did you happen to fix Nevil Maskelyne's grave position by GPS?  Perhaps you
    >could bring one of those along as well, so when I come to the UK I can easily
    >find the grave.  I would like to visit Nevil's final resting place... it sounds
    >like a nice town.
    
    Reply from George-
    
    Well, Purton's just a village really, not a town. Which is about 4 miles NW
    of Swindon, not my favourite city.
    
    I will supply Dan with the information on condition that he phones me when
    he visits (01865 820222 from within UK), so that we can (at least) enjoy a
    pint together.
    
    Maskelyne's tomb is a stone object above ground, close against the South
    wall of the church. The plaque is close to the same spot, but inside the
    church.
    
    Once, the tomb had been enclosed within wrought-iron railings, but these
    have been crudely cut off near ground level and the stumps remain visible.
    Presumably, that was a legacy from the 1939-45 war, when anything made of
    iron was collected for munitions. I remember, as a young lad in Liverpool
    in the early 1940's, the teams going round with a horse and cart to rip out
    any house railings, and what a difference it made to the look of the
    suburbs afterwards. Nobody minded; they felt they were "doing their bit".
    
    The coordinates Dan asked for are as follows (taken from an OS map).
    
    1deg 51.5'W. 51deg 35.0'N. This is on the OSGB36 (Ordnance Survey of Great
    Britain 1936) datum, which is near enough to the GPS standard datum WGS84
    to ensure that the distinctive church, with (unusually) both a spire and
    another tower, will be well within view.
    
    In terms of Ordnance Survey National Grid coordinates, to be found on many
    maps, this is in square SU (or 41) and it's SU096872 or, as I prefer,
    40961872.
    
    But Dan will find that with the British road system (if, indeed, it can be
    dignified by the word "system"), Cartesian coordinates are of little help
    in finding the way from A to B. A local pilot is often best.
    
    George.
    
    ================================================================
    contact George Huxtable by email at george---.u-net.com, by phone at
    01865 820222 (from outside UK, +44 1865 820222), or by mail at 1 Sandy
    Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    ================================================================
    
    
    

       
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