Cuddington is a village within Aylesbury Vale district in Buckinghamshire. It is near the Oxfordshire border, about six miles west of Aylesbury.
The village name is Old English (Anglo-Saxon) in origin, and means "Cudda's estate." In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was recorded as Cudintuna. Anciently the village was the location of a medicinal spring of great repute, though its exact location is unknown. The Church of St Nicholas dates from the 12th Century but was much restored in 1857. Across the road is Tyringham House that dates from the 17th Century. During the Second World War the King of Norway who was staying at the near by Hartwell House attended a church service in the village.
The village is also notable for the many house and boundary walls that are made of wychert. This material was made out of local clay mixed with chopped straw and stones and the walls were built on a foundation of rocks called a ‘grumpling'. This type of building material is unique to Cuddington and three adjacent villages in Buckinghamshire.
Two of the most famous former residents were Jonathan and David Dimbleby.
The village, like surrounding villages, has been the location of several Midsomer Murders episodes.
This puzzle cache is a circular walk of around 2 Miles and is mainly on good solid ground with a few field boundaries which can be muddy on bad days, it consists of a nano, a micro and the final cache.
Suggested parking is at the co-ords above, and is next to the Crown, a 16th Century thatched pub in the heart of the village and ideal for a well earned drink at the end.
One point to note I use both upper and lowercase during this cache so please take care that you use the correct case when solving the problems.
Start by making your way along Upper Church Street solving the following:
A place of letters HP18 1A0
Continue on to file a hall count the number of posts with lead flashing; add digits together to gain B
Steve Davies has something to do with this lamp HCCC
Pass under the lamp to discover how many residents of Gibraltar were affected by Asiatic cholera in 1849. Subtract smallest digit from largest to gain D.
Near the rear gate to the church find Agnes Alton 1EF6 – 1F64, this one may be a bit of a pane to find.
Across the road count the number of crowned animals to gain G
Now use what you have found to locate the Nano at N51° DB.B(E-D)G W00° 5(F-D).F(G+1)(A-C).
Now go to the Co-Ords found in the Nano to locate a Micro containing the numbers needed to help solve the grid.
You only use the numbers 1 - 26 once in the grid. Once complete use the answers to solve the following to locate the next place from where your quest will continue...
N51° ki.mi W00° wn.(j+z)(p-t)
Find the resting place of the Cooling's (George, John, Martha and Richard), add together all the digits of their ages when they passed on then add the resulting digits together to find J
If you wanted to contact the Rev. John Wynburne you would call 01844 2014?? add the last two digits together to obtain K
Leave this place and head along the road in a westerly direction.
Take a rest under the chestnut tree you have earned it 19L5 – 1994.
Take the path to the left of the chestnut tree to a bridge that was built in 19M5
The final cache can be found at the following location:
N51° M(J+L).(LxM)(g-b-d)b W00° J(L+M).L(F-K)(J-M)
When it was first laid it contained:
Continue on along the path and you will find your way back to the start.
The following will help keep track of your answers: