Levelling Staff

2009/002

Levelling staff in 3 sections extending to 15 ft

SKU: 2009/002 Categories: ,

Description

Levelling staff in 3 sections extending to 15 ft. Used for measuring vertical distances in conjunction with a level.

This item formerly belonged to Mr Hugh Torrance Ker, MICE (1865 – 1938). 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). Mr Ker was awarded a Telford Premium on 3 November 1908 for his paper The extension, widening and strengthening of Folkestone Pier (Including plate at back of volume). Minutes of the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Volume 171, Part 1, Session 1907-1908, pp 49-79.

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

Additional information

Acquisition Number

2009/002

Item Type

Short Description

Levelling staff in 3 sections extending to 15 ft

Manufactured by

Date of Manufacture

c. 1880

Sub-items

None

Supporting Items

None

Makers Number

None

Marks

None

Dimensions (mm)

1730 x 78 x 46

Donor

Date Donated

May 2009

Materials

Wood and brass

Condition

Poor: damage to face and top section

Display Location