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United Kingdom : England

1.1 km (0.7 miles) W of Barkway, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Approx. altitude: 142 m (465 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 52°S 180°

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: passing a rapefield on the way to the Prime Meridian #3: a bridleway leading towards the confluence #4: two lines are leading exactly along the Prime Meridian #5: GPS #6: a radio mast North of the confluence #7: view to the South #8: view to the West #9: St. Mary Magdalene Church #10: the "Burma Star Window"

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  52°N 0° (visit #8)  

#1: St. Mary Magdalene Church in the East

(visited by Captain Peter, Werner Furlan and Gordon Spence)

14-Jun-2004 -- After our visit at 52N 1W we proceeded towards the Prime Meridian without delay. Passing beautiful rapefields we went towards the small village of Barkway.

A bridle way leads close to the confluence, and a 200 metres off in the South two lines in a wheat field are leading exactly North-South on the Prime Meridian.

So the point is easy to reach, and there is no need to cross and bend the wheat plants.

To the North we see a radio mast, to the South we see again the lines through the wheat field, to the West there is again wheat, and the most interesting object is seen when looking towards East: The St. Mary Magdalene Church of Barkway, to which we went after in order to have a closer look.

There has been a church here certainly since Norman and possibly since Saxon times. During the 13th century, the chancel was rebuilt and traces of the 13th century are still visible on its north side. In the 15th century, the nave was widened, the aisles and celestory added, and the tower was built.

The most beautiful thing the curch offers is the "Burma Star Window".

After this interesting visit we went back to the area where Gordon lives and had a very tasty dinner together in a nearby restaurant. This was our last confluence visit on our tour from the Orkneys to the Prime Meridian and the next day Ryanair brought us safely back from London-Stansted to Friedrichshafen in Southern Germany.

Many thanks again to Gordon for his assistance and excellent organisation!


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#1: St. Mary Magdalene Church in the East
#2: passing a rapefield on the way to the Prime Meridian
#3: a bridleway leading towards the confluence
#4: two lines are leading exactly along the Prime Meridian
#5: GPS
#6: a radio mast North of the confluence
#7: view to the South
#8: view to the West
#9: St. Mary Magdalene Church
#10: the "Burma Star Window"
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  Pending visits
Submitted  Visit date  Name  Success?  Status? 
12-Apr-14  08-Apr-14  Greg Browning  yes  pending