St Mary the Virgin, Swanage – this church has evolved over the centuries. The main part dates from 1860, but the tower itself is from the fourteenth century.
Inside, the east window and the Creation window are fine examples from the mid- and late-twentieth century.
Swanage is a busy town and this church finds itself on one side, along a busy road and on the other, amongst some of the older and quieter parts of the town.
The river which runs past the main entrance flows through the town, under the streets and shops before finding its way to the seafront. But the sound of water one hears near the church comes from the nearby Mill Pond. This popular location offers the visitor the chance to experience a period of tranquillity, broken only by the sound of ducks which surely demand a crumb or two!
There have been no recordings of tragedy at this pond, but children should be supervised and adults dissuaded from walking along its walls!
To find the cache, first find a memorial, ‘In memory of Thomas Tatchell – Died June AB CDEF’
The cache may be found without the need to climb any steps near the church, although there is a short walk up a small hill.
The cache is located at:
N (A+C+E) 0. 36. (C+E+F) 0 (C+F) W 001.57.D C (C+E)
If anybody would like to expand this series please do. We would just ask that you contact sadexploration first so he can keep track of the Church numbers and names and to avoid duplication.
The cache contains only a log book, please take a pencil or pen to record your visit.