The village is comparatively recent – growing out of the leather industry of the Elizabethan period. Later Godstone became known for its iron works and the manufacture of gunpowder. The area was originally called Wachelstede during Saxon times – derived from the literal translation “fulling place” which refers to the Fullers earth that is still to be found here. It is believed that the current name is also derived from the ground – praising the quality of the soil on which the village stands, God’s stone.
An unexpected and peaceful offshoot of the main village of Godstone is the setting for the cache. The beautiful enclave of Church Town is set around the church of St Nicholas. This can be reached by either parking at 51º14.797N 000º03.445W next to the church; or on the village green at 51°14.842N 000°04.045W and then taking the pleasant walk past the Bay Pond to reach the hamlet.
St Nicolas’ is set on a grassy knoll – beside a peaceful country lane, with a cluster of pretty cottages. Next to the church is St Mary’s Chapel and also St Mary’s Homes. These almshouses which, despite their appearance, were built in the 19th century from designs by local architect Sir Gilbert Scott, who was also responsible for the Albert Memorial, St Pancras Station and the one time ubiquitous ‘red’ telephone box. The homes consist of eight flats for elderly people, the Warden’s house and a Chapel. Over the years they have been maintained by a slender income made up from a small endowment fund and donations from local residents. No income is received from the State or Local Authorities.
In the churchyard of St Nicholas’ is the grave of Edmund Seyfang Taylor better known as ‘Walker Miles’. The grave takes the form of a sarsen stone – with two intricately designed brass plaques holding memorials to this pioneer of recreational walking and rambling clubs. One epitaph strikes a chill to the heart of every rambler – “This is the bourne to which the footpath led, this is the spot uncharted in his works”. It is also particularly fitting that there is a footpath leading through this tranquil churchyard – giving today’s walkers the opportunity to explore further afield. The cache is near this sandstone monument to Walker Miles. Please take time to explore the church, graveyard and the village – but do be respectful of the inhabitants.
Contents of the cache when placed (second time around): Geocaching pin, 'Supermum' trolley token, log book and pencil. the container is not as big before and will now hold small TBs.