Church Micro 1043 - Wrestlingworth
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A Church Micro in the pretty village of Wrestlingworth. The clues are all very close to the church. Final cache is a green plastic box with a snap on lid. Nov 2019, please note change to clue 3, the original gravestone is just too worn to read.
The church of St Peter at Wrestlingworth was granted early in the thirteenth century to Newnham Priory by Elias Taillebois, which grant was confirmed by his daughter Cicely and Imbert de Hereford in 1230. The earliest building of which any portion remains had an aisleless nave and a chancel. This church was enlarged in the early part of the thirteenth century by the addition of a south aisle to the nave, and later in the century a north aisle was added.
The chancel was re-modelled and probably lengthened eastward about 1330, a new chancel arch being inserted at that time, and the western tower is an addition of the middle of the fifteenth century. A clerestory was added to the nave c. 1500, and the only other addition to the fabric is a modern south porch. A good many worked pieces of stone from the twelfth-century church may be seen in the walls of the aisles.
The windows have modern tracery. To the west is a south doorway with a plain pointed arch, the stonework being apparently modern. The chancel arch dates from around 1330, with wave moulds on the western side and plain chamfers on the east. The south arcade is of earlier type, the capitals being more simply treated and having a square-edged abacus, circular in plan, on the octagonal bell tower.
In the spandrel over the first column is a small sunk trefoil, and in that over the next a six-petalled flower in relief in a sunk panel. The north doorway is probably of late thirteenth-century date. The arch itself is fifteenth-century work simply moulded, and the porch into which it opens is entirely modern.
The tower is of three stages, embattled, with a projecting staircase turret at the south-west. It has belfry windows with quatrefoils in the heads and a similar west window on the ground stage. The font at the west end of the nave has an octagonal bowl on a stem, and appears to be of fifteenth-century date, but the upper part of it has been repaired. In the nave is a large slab, 8 ft. by 3 ft. 4 in., with the matrix of a brass consisting of a figure under a leaf-shaped canopy with flanking pinnacles; above the canopy are five shields. There is a single bell in the tower, dated 1820, and pits for two more. In the east window of the north aisle is a shield of fifteenth-century glass bearing on a gold ground three uncertain charges gules (red emblems).
Parking is available outside the church. In the village, there is also an old chapel with stained glass windows in the High Street.
Difficulty notched up to 2.5 as tree cover reduces GPS accuracy at cache location.
The co-ordinates given are for the church. To find the cache you will need to answer the following questions. Answers can be found in close vicinity to the church.
1. A house close to the church has a butterfly ornament on the front. What is the last digit of the house number? 1B
2. A pretty pink cottage close to the church was built in 1829. This house also appears on the village sign. What is its number? = D .
3. In the churchyard but visible from outside (N52 06.622 W000 09.787) find the former wife of Arthur Oliver, last digit of her age when she died 6E.
Now please walk to the second nearby location to find A and C. This can be found at these co-ordinates close by: N52 06.606 W000 09.641.
4. Private Medlock’s year of death = 191A
5. Private Endersby’s month of death = C
To find the cache, a green plastic box with a snap on lid, please solve the following :
N52 06.A B (A-C) W000 09.C D (E-D+1)
Jan 2016 update: Replaced container with slightly larger one which is totally waterproofed.
If anybody would like to expand 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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