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Blind House - Luckington

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Hidden : 2/25/2009
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: other (other)

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Geocache Description:


One of a series of caches near Wiltshire blind houses.

Blind houses are miniature lockups employed for the short term detention of miscreants. Although most could barely accommodate one person, often several detainees were locked up, possibly with a guard. There are over a hundred in England and have several names including round house, lockup or clink. They provided a place for the local constable to put drunks, vagrants, brawlers and disreputable women as well as those more serious offenders in transit to the county assizes. Windows are always absent, hence the name, with light and ventilation coming only from tiny grilles. Most were free-standing, constructed of stone with heavy wooden nailed doors. Most Wiltshire blind houses date from the 18th century although there are a couple somewhat older. More information can be found in Mary Delorme's excellent book, Curious Wiltshire.

The Luckington blindhouse differs a little from the norm, in that it does not have the usual domed roof and boss finial. Instead it has a stepped type of roof, none the less secure, which appears to be made of concrete. There are no windows in this one, just a rough hinged iron flap with holes pieced randomly to let in at least a vestige of day-light! Rumour has it that the building, which is owned by the local Council, now houses the lawn mower used on the village green! Directly opposite the blind-house you will find the village post office/store where I'm sure your custom will be welcome. Thanks also to John Sykes for supplying the photo.

The cache container is a magnetic nano, it has the usual tiny rolled-up log, with room for the briefest signature and date of your visit.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

vapl jvapl

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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