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Market Drayton: Plaque Attack

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Hidden : 9/25/2008
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An replacement cache for MD Meander. We've hidden this one in a different location so thought it warranted a brand new cache, loosely based around the same theme.

The cache is a Guided Tour around Market Drayton to collect clues for the final cache. Don't be put off by the number of waypoints - the cache can easily be completed in under an hour.

Market Drayton is probably 8th Century Saxon in origin and there has been a church on the site of the present St. Mary's Church for over 1000 years. The town became a centre for trade when, in 1245, the Abbot of Combermere was granted a charter by Henry III to hold a market and a fair in the town. There is still an open-air Market in Cheshire Street every Wednesday. It remained as a small Market town well into the 20th century, only experiencing larger growth in housing during recent years.

The Market Drayton Civic Society have placed brown, circular information plaques on many buildings and it is these which are used as the basis for the tour. The co-ordinates for each plaque are given, but it is probably only necessary to go to the general area of several of them, then look around. Find the answers to the following questions and you will be able to work out the co-ordinates for the final cache.

The co-ordinates given above are for the (free) car park near to the Market Drayton Swimming Centre and Picnic Area.

At the car park you get a good view of St. Mary's Church on the hill above. Walk up Phoenix Bank towards the town to start your walking tour.

 Wildcard Location - *very* close to one of the other stages

We thought it might be fun to add in a stage where the location is not known in advance. We can say that the location is *very* close to one of the main virtual locations listed below - you just need to keep your eyes open at each stage to spot it. The details are on a more conventional rectangular information sign and not a plaque like the other stages. Look for the list of "Important Events In Drayton's Later History". It's quite a big sign so not easy to miss.

What year did Sir Rowland Hill purchase the manor of Great Drayton? 15A5

 Rylands House - N52 54.196 W2 28.923

This was the Post Office and home of Richard Grant, the postmaster from the 1790's until 1851. Just below the house, down Phoenix Bank, are the remains of the ancient flight of steps which led from the once bust industrial area on the banks of the Tern to the "High Town" and the Church. The steps were in use until the 1960's.

What date was the house restored? 19B6

 Billington's Bakery - N52 54.218 W2 28.992

No1 Church Street, on the corner, is the site of the original Billington's Bakery and shop. It is thought that gingerbread was first made here about 1817 by a Mr Thomas. The business passed to a cousin, Richard Billington, in 1864 and the gingerbread made from the original recipe still bears his name to this day. The bakery was located in the cellar with the entrance being down some steps on the left hand side of the building (now bricked up). The tall bakery chimney has now been demolished.

What year did the bakery close? 19C7

 The Corbet Arms - N52 54.236 W2 29.011

The Corbet Arms has been one of the main meeting places in the town for over two hundred years. Public meetings, political meetings, bankrupcy proceedings, inquests into lunacy, assemblies, balls and tax collecting took place here. Thomas Telford stayed here in 1832 when he came to inspect the nearby Shropshire Union Canal. It is said that Room "C" is haunted by a young chaimbermaid who was jilted by one of the guests. The girl hung herself there and has been known to disturb the peace of guests sleeping in "her" room.

What year did the inauguration of the Nantwich and Market Drayton railway take place here? 186D

 The Shambles - N52 54.241 W2 29.035

The Shambles used to be the site of a covered butchers market from 1861 until it was demolished one hundred years later. The early career of Elizabeth Ann Lewis, known as the "Queen of Temperance" was launched on the steps of The Shambles. She used to lecture on the dangers of drinking alcohol and drew large crowds as she was known for her "eloquence and forceful personality". Her brother, John, was one of the pioneers of Association Football and was the referee of the first English Cup Final.

What year did an earlier "Markett House" stand nearby until? 178E

 The Buttercross - N52 54.261 W2 29.067

The Buttercross is a symbol of the town and can be seen on many signs in the area. It was built in 1824, quite some time after the market first started. It was used to allow farmer's wives to display and sell their wares under cover. If you look round the outside of it, you may spot the crest of the Corbet family, Lords of the Manor since the 1560's. The bell on top of the structure used to be rung to summon the fire engine. This involved collecting the horse from it's stables at the bottom of Phoenix Bank, near where the swimming pool now is. Horses were sold in Cheshire Street nearby at one time - the street was known for a long time as "Horsemarket Street" as a result.

Since what year has a "Markett House" been in the town? 17F0

 Tudor House - N52 54.230 W2 29.044

Tudor House was built after the catastrophic town fire of 1651 and is made of substantial box construction. The building featured an interior courtyard, but this has since been built over. The hotel has at one time been a fruiterer's shop, a fishmonger's and a bank.

What is the year immediately below the words "Tudor House" on the plaque? 1G53

 Chester's Prize Gingerbread Shop - N52 54.203 W2 29.096

It was from this shop that William Chesters, a cousin of the Billingtons, baked and sold his "Chester's Prize Gingerbread" from 1850. The bakery was at the rear of the shop.

What year did gingerbread baking cease at the rear of this shop? 193H

 The Red House - N52 54.201 W2 29.092

The Red House is a large and imposing building. It was once the home of Captain William Wilkinson who served on the frigate Sirius at the Battle of Trafalgar. The Sirius had a shallow draft and was able to sail close into land and was the first to report to Admiral Lord Nelson that the combined French and Spanish fleet was coming out of Cadiz harbour to do battle. After the battle, Captain Wilkinson wrote home describing the battle and the events following Nelson's death.

Battle of Trafalgar date: 18J5

 Warren Court - N52 54.153 W2 29.189

Warren Court was known for many years as "The Manor House". It was built in the early 1700's and enlarged in 1778. It was home to three generations of family solicitors by the name of Warren. One of them, Charles Warren, played a major role in the capture of a natorious gand of local sheep rustlers, known locally as "The Bravos". Sheep lifting in those days was a hanging offence and two of the gang were hung while the remaining three were deported to Australia. The last of the Warren family died in 1931 and the house was subsequently sold on and altered. Recently the facade has been restored and the house converted to flats.

What year was the building converted into flats? 19K7

 Cotton's House - N52 54.140 W2 29.188

Cotton's House was built around 1600 on land granted to the Cotton family by Henry VIII. The will and inventory of Philip Cotton, who lived here and died in 1682, still exists and details what furniture stood in each room at the time of his death. Subsequently, the house became the home of a retired slave dealer who traded through Liverpool, Africa and the USA.

What year did Henry VIII grant the land to the Cotton family? 153L

 Mount Lane School - N52 54.109 W2 29.078

This building was used as Mount Lane School up to the 1960's. Originally, it has been opened as the National and Sunday School under the guidance of Reverend Lee in 1835. The building is now used as a nursery so we'd ask you not to loiter around once you have got the details you need (for obvious reasons). Just round the corner from the old school is Tupp Steps, which link the Tern valley to the town centre. They meet another ancient pathway on the right - Love Lane. This led to Walkmill Road and the mills further downstream on the Tern.

How many pupils can the school accommodate? M00

 Final Cache - N52 5A.E(B-C-1)(D+F-1) W2 2K.K(G+H-M)(J+L)

Please be extremely stealthy when retrieving the cache as there can be muggles near to GZ.

The cache is a small lock n lock container hidden inside a camo bag.

To double check your co-ordinates for the final cache, the sum of the last 4 digits of the northings and westings are 14 and 33 respectively.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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