14 in dumpy level with longitudinal bubble

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14 in dumpy level with longitudinal bubble. The bubble is divided into 20 sec of arc. 4-screw levelling head. Used for measuring vertical distances between points in conjunction with a levelling staff. The level belonged to Mr Hugh Torrance Ker (sic) MICE (1865 – 1938).

For the tripod see https://ice-museum-scotland.hw.ac.uk/product/2009-001-1/.

Accompanying this level is a photocopy of ICE documentation on Mr Ker and his paper The extension widening and strengthening of Folkestone Pier (Ref. Minutes of the Proceedings, Volume 171, Part 1, Session 1907-1908, pp 49-79). For this paper Mr Ker was awarded a Telford Premium on 3 November 1908.

Mr Ker acted as Resident Engineer on the Folkestone Harbour Works (1897 – 1905) which comprised an extension and widening of the existing pier; provision of station buildings and sidings; and high and low level landings for cross Channel traffic (value £420,000).

Interestingly, between 1887 and 1890 Mr Ker who played club rugby union for Glasgow Academicals received seven international caps playing for Scotland. He played as a forward with a record of five wins, one draw and one defeat.

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Item Type

Short Description

14 in dumpy level

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Date of Manufacture

c. 1880


Wooden box with leather strap. Tripod (in store). The box has a brass plate inscribed "Hugh T. Ker".

Supporting Items

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Makers Number



"Hugh T Ker" and "J. White Glasgow"

Dimensions (mm)

Box: 425 (L) x 123 (W) x 200 (H)


Date Donated

May 2009


Bronzed brass



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