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This cache has been archived.

ErimiDio: I have archived this cache as the West Midlands Forestry Commission's Recreation Ranger has refused permission for my cache to be sited for the following reasons:

"There is currently a geocache on the main part of the hill"

"Abbey wood has very limited parking which is frequently full."

"Visibility turning out of the parking area is poor."

"At certain times of the day crossing the main road can be quite hairy."

"For several of these reasons we have been at some pains to promote the main part of the hill to encourage visitors to where we can make better provision for parking and safety therefore I am not keen to encourage visitors to Abbey wood as your proposed cache would do."


Haughmond Abbey

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Hidden : 12/26/2007
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This, my second cache, is in the form of an ammo box and as the title suggests is hidden near Haughmond Abbey.

Haughmond Abbey, which is sometimes referred to as the Abbey of St John the Evangelist, is located only 4 miles outside of Shrewsbury and is beautifully set on the sloping site of Haughmond Hill.

The colouring of the mellowed stone against the green of the lawns and the trees make the remains particularly lovely. The ruins include parts of the chapter house, refectory and the latter infirmary of the 14th century, but only the foundations of the abbey church.

Close by on the hill is the spot known as Douglas's Leap - where the Earl of Douglas, in flight from the Battle of Shrewsbury, was thrown from his horse and captured by Henry IV's men.

Possibly the best preserved part of the site is Chapter House, which retains the intricate carvings of Saints set into the arches. When the Abbey was in use, the canons would meet in the Chapter House to discuss the day-to-day running of the Abbey and religious business with the abbot.

The Abbey was finally dissolved in 1539 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII. At this time there were ten canons and the abbot in residence. Following the dissolution, the Abbey passed to Sir Edward Littlejohn and later Sir Rowland Hill and the Barker Family. The site is now in the care of English Heritage.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Qba'g sbetrg gb ybt guvf bar!

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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