The church of St Guthlac consists of a tower, containing 5 bells, a nave, a chancel and porch to the south. The nave and lower part of the tower are 12th century. The rest of the tower and the chancel dates from the 17th century and the re-building by Sir Robert Banastre in 1626. With only a little later restoration the church is pretty much a testament to Banastre's wealth and faith.
There has probably been a church, here in Passenham for over a thousand years. The parish of Passenham, during the Anglo - Saxon period was a Royal estate and there's no reason to suppose a church did not serve the spiritual requirements of the nobility and local population. The church is dedicated to St Guthlac; warrior turned holy man. Guthlac was born in the 7th century, the son of minor nobility in the Kingdom of Mercia. Aged 15 he followed the path of the warrior. He gained fame, fortune and followers during an 9 year career. However, aged 24, Guthlac gave up the path of violence following a heavenly dream. He said goodbye to his wealth and his camp followers and became a monk in Repton in Derbyshire. After 2 years Guthlac, hankered for a more contemplative and secluded existence and became a hermit in the Fenlands. The Fenlands of the Eigth Century were a maze of streams, lagoons and marsh. Any high ground was avidly sought. It was upon one of these islands that Guthlac founded his Hermitage and dedicated his life to God. Guthlac's piety soon attracted attention and he had many visitors, over the years, looking for spiritial guidance. After his death in 714 an Abbey (Croyland) was founded around his tomb.
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Now to the cache. You're looking for a large bison container. You do not need to wander far from the path to find this cache. Please be respectful when wandering around the churchyard... oh, and I wouldn't recommend this at night. The churchyard is haunted!