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Church Micro 776 .....Biddestone

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Hidden : 07/01/2009
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

The cache is a magnetic micro ( sorry!) found a small distance away from the church.
The above co-ordinates are for parking outside the Church.
It is a wheelchair friendly cache but you may need help with the final retrieve.


St Nicholas' Church, Biddestone This Anglican parish church is built of rubble stone with stone tiled roofs and coped gables.
The church has Saxon foundations but is mostly Norman with a 300 year old oak door in the Norman doorway. The font is also 300 years old.
The north and south walls were built to throw light onto the altar. In 1250 a two light decorated window was inserted on the south wall. The north wall’s low window was blocked up from inside around 1280.
The bell turret was re-built on the new east gable, c.1480 and is very rare. It was built to house a Sanctus bell which would be rung three times at points of consecration in the mass so that the ploughmen and shepherds in the fields could cross themselves even when they couldn’t attend the service.

A new bell tower system was developed and very few of these turrets survive. There were two medieval bells, rung by levers. One was recovered after 100 years in a Lacock farmyard in the 1920’s by the Reverend Ketchley. It was dated 1553. The organ is 200 years old and was last used in 1972, but was restored in the 1990’s.
The sanctuary was built in the nineteenth century with stone taken from the old church of St Peters.

In 1577 the church was given a Chalice by John Dickson and a small flat cup in 1672. The interior is mostly eighteenth century, with pine pews and a gallery of 1712.

The church was shared by the local villages after a local church was destroyed and the gallery was built so that the feuding villagers could worship together but didn't have to sit next to each other!

There is a "Search the Church" quiz for children inside the church,which is open everyday.
Although the graveyard looks very unkempt, it is actually the Church policy to allow the overgrowth to house wildlife.


Park at the above co-ordinates which are outside the Church. To obtain the cache location find out the name of the road the Church is on, and use this to solve the puzzle,
There are 10 letters, let them be a!,b!,c!,etc.

Let the name letter values be A=1, B=2, C=3, Z=26 etc Checksum = 99

The cache can be found at
N 51. 27. ( a! + e! ) ( e! - i! ) ( j! - e! - i! )

W 002. 12 ( i! ) ( i! ) ( j! + i!)


Please take a few moments to look around the Church, this series is about the destination, not just a smiley!!

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If any body would like to expand to this series please do, I would just ask that you could let Sadexploration know first so he can keep track of the Church numbers and names to avoid duplication
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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Qba'g Ehfu!

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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