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Chingwakabungya: Archiving this one - went to check on the cache today, it appears to have gone missing. Will perhaps revisit this in the future, in a different location - perhaps as a Church Micro/Church Gem crossover.

Thanks to all who have visited this cache over the last few years.


Staffordshire Church Gems - High Offley

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Hidden : 4/8/2009
1.5 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Staffordshire Church Gems - St. Mary's, High Offley

The cache is hidden in the vicinity of St. Mary's Church, High Offley. The cache is not hidden in the churchyard itself, but on an adjacent road.

The church itself is ancient, it was built from local sandstone at the end of the eleventh century, and is therefore over 900 years old. The two upper stages of the tower, however, are newer, built in 1667.

The views from the churchyard (through which runs a public footpath) are extensive, especially to the south, which offers spectacular views over Staffordshire and even south Shropshire. Amongst the landmarks that can be seen from here on clear days include the Wrekin, the Stiperstones, the Long Mynd, Wenlock Edge, Caer Caradoc and the Welsh Hills beyond.

Although the churchyard is always open, the church itself is seldom open, usually opening only for services and concerts.

From a personal point of view, this church holds special significance to me as it is my local church, and is the church at which I was baptised and confirmed. A lot of the gravestones in the churchyard bear my relatives' names. Also my dad winds the clock up...

I live very close by, so if any maintenance is required, do let me know.

Parking is not recommended right next to the cache. I recommend parking in the church car park at N 52.49.960 W 002.19.348 and walking down the road.

Thanks to The Washers who initiated the Shropshire Church Gem series and have encouraged other cachers to add to it, Staffordshire also has some wonderful Church Gems and here is another of them.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Penpx va gur jnyy, orybj gur unaqenvy, ba gur evtug unaq fvqr.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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