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This cache is hidden near the ruins of an old mansion, which had been standing for over a century until it was abandoned and then finally demolished in 1968..
You can see the entrance to the garden area, but the house,stables,barns,dairy,servants quarters,cottage,kennels are now nothing but heaps of rubble. Altogether this was the hub of a 3.000 acre estate mostly on the west side of the Avon.
The ghost of a nursemaid who suffocated one of her small charges and was said to haunt the mansion also disappeared when the house was demolished.
On the way up to the cache site keep a look out on you left hand side for here stands a memorial on a ledge which is almost hidden under dark evergreens. It commerates Margaret, the young daughter of Francis Meynell, who died after a riding accident. The spot was not then so gloomy as it is now and there was a lily pond at the foot of the rock Although the memorial is now very faded it reads
March 27th 1865
My lovely little Lily
thou were gathered very soon
In the fresh and dewy morning
not in the glare of noon
The saviour sent his angels
To bear thee hence my own
And they`ll plant thee in that garden
where decay is never known
The cache is not near this memorial and you will need to walk on further to find it You will need to look out for a set of steps heading upwards hidden in all the undergrowth to take you where you need to go.These steps can be very slippery so care is needed
Parking is available at Shipley Bridge and the directions for the memorial are given assuming you start from here
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