Nether Winchendon is a small village in the Vale of Aylesbury. In the early 11th Century, the Manor was an estate of Queen Edyth, the wife of Edward the Confessor today is still a tiny, unspoilt mediaeval village with only 57 households within the parish. The name derives from Nether, meaning down or below, probably because it lies at the bottom of the valley and winchenden is Anglo saxon for 'hill at a bend.' and also an old english name for the lapwing (depicted in one of the church windows). Nether Winchenden is a typical Buckinghamshire village in that it has been used as a film location for Midsommer Murders (seen in 'Death in disguise' and 'Things that go bump in the night'), Morse and various other TV shows and films.
The Parish Church of St. Nicholas dates from the early 13th Century although there are traces, notably in the rough hewn stones at the base of the Tower, of an earlier Saxon building. Except for the tiled floor in the Chancel, the building has, to a great extent, been spared the enthusiasm of Victorian 'restorers'. On a buttress by the Chancel door are the remains of three Mass dials about three feet from the ground. These were used by the Priest to indicate the time of the next Mass and also as rudimentary sun-dials. In the Tower, there are six bells, two of the bells bear the date 1640. They are named "HOPE IN GOD" and "PRAYSE GOD"
This is a straightforward traditional cache involving a walk of about 0.3miles each way. Park up by the church at the suggested co-ordinates and follow the footpath out of the rear corner of the churchyard, across the garden of Manor Farm and then follow your needle.
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