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Church Micro 572 - St Giles, Langford Multi-cache

Hidden : 07/14/2009
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Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

The earliest written record of Langford that we have found is in the Domesday Book (1086) which records it as 'Langheforda'. Langford was established around the point where an ancient road crosses the River Blackwater and from this, the name Langford (long ford) has derived. While the Romans were roaming, there was a significant port within easy walking distance at the junction of the rivers Chelmer and Blackwater.

In 1929 Langford became an important site for the purification and pumping of water by the Southend Waterworks Company. The same essential service is now carried out by Essex and Suffolk Water, still using much the same site but greatly changed and utilizing modern technology and equipment.

Until 1945, 96% of the Southend Company's water requirement was pumped from Langford. However, the Langford Steam Pumping Station could not supply enough water to meet the ever-increasing demand and in 1964 the decision was taken to scrap two of the big engine and pump sets, and the boilers. Fortunately one of the engines and its pump set was preserved. The buildings and engine became Scheduled Ancient Monuments in 1986. The Museum of Power, as it is now known, came to Langford in 1996 and is centered in and around the Steam Pumping Station.

St. Giles Church: The western apse is perhaps the most interesting feature of St. Giles and is certainly unique in Britain and rare in Europe. Normally the apse would be at the east end but this church originally had one at each end, which was only a common feature of German churches. This church was heavily restored in 1880-2 by Edward Browning and looks entirely of that period when first viewed. However, on close inspection you can see the evidence of the Norman church in the apse. In the 14th or 15th Century the eastern apse was pulled down and a square extension was added to the Chancel

To find the cache you need to find a few simple clues

There is a memorial with four plaques of writing.

On the Panel ‘Killed in Action’ –

How many letters make up Mr Thompson’s Christian name? =A

How many letters make up Stanley’s surname? =C

How many letters make up Edwards surname plus add one = F

On the western Apse of the church is a historical information sign

How many letters make up the second word on the second line = B

How many letters make up the second word on the third line = D

How many rows of text on the sign plus one = E

The cache is located at

North 51 44.ABC

East 000 39.DEF

The cache is a small black magnetic container.

For those of you who also like a walk – as a bonus for doing this cache, you will also find the co-ordinates for Really Sidetracked - Langford GC1VT67 on the back of the Log Book.


If anybody would like to expand on this series please do so. Could you please let sadexploration know first so he can keep track of the Church numbers and names to avoid duplication.


Additional Hints (No hints available.)