for most of my orientation to british framebuilding methods, and
in all my time in england, and for the first 7-8 years of my own
business, i never encountered an alignment table the likes of which
we are familiar with today.
all alignment checks were made off of either ther right or the left
hand faced bb surface using a precision straight edge that skimmed
the shell. measurements were/are taken along the length of the straight
edge and it tells you the same errors or lack thereof that a table would
tell you if the bb was in the whipping post and a height guage was used.
simple. elegant. cost effective.