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A short walk around part of Limpsfield Common and some of its’ World War 2 relics
Cache at N 51 15 EB(C-B) E000 D FD(A-F)
Limpsfield Common is a relatively unknown part of the Greensand ridge situated within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Near this location was the Nodal position of the Home Guard E Company of the 9th Surrey Battalion.
Between 1941 – 43 Six Spigot Mortar bomb placements or Blacker Bombards were constructed and a Spigot mortar Platoon the XIX was formed under Lieutenant S.E.Taylor A spigot mortar emplacement is where the Local Defence Volunteers (also known as the Home Guard), would attach their spigot mortars to guard against an enemy attack, in order to protect bridges and other strategic locations.
The spigot mortar (gun) was mounted on a stainless steel pin, which is set in a concrete base. The spigot mortar was extremely heavy (around 350lbs) and had a four-legged portable mounting. It is said it needed a crew of six to move it. The weapon would fire 20lb high explosive mortar bombs, which were propelled by black powder. It had an effective range of 100 metres in its anti-tank role and up to 450 metres when firing a lighter anti-personnel bomb.sHome Guard was concerned,
Of the six that were placed, only three remain, of which one can be found in a private garden and two on the edge of Limpsfield Common.
Bibliography;Limpsfield Home Guard W.A.D Englefield
Begin your walk in the car park at N51 15.342 E000 1.214 Takes about 30 minutes
The cache can be found at N51 15.E B (C-B)
E000 D.F D (A-F)
This is a small cache so small swaps only please.
**Please note that this is the car park used by Limpsfield School, so it is wise to avoid the beginning and end of school as it is busy.**
** ALSO take care when crossing the main road especially with children as it is fast and busy - use the crossing point for safety**
In the car park at N51 15.375 E000 1.152. How many children on the school gate ?=A
At N51 15.425 E000 1.083 How many air raid shelters? =C
From the view point How many gasometers can you see? =D
At the War memorial (N51 15.456 E000 1.157)
How many Crittells =E
How many Keens =F
At N51 15.370 E000 1.243 Par ? = B
You now have the numbers to find the cache at N51 15.E B (C-B) E000 D FD(A-F)
Takes about 30 minutes
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum