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Brick Outhouse

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Hidden : 09/01/2010
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2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

The Great Linford Brick Kilns are hidden away but well worth a visit. I'm not allowed to put a traditional cache in the immediate vicinity, so visit the kilns to find clues to the location of the final cache, which is as close as it's allowed to be.

Information from The Parks Trust:

Imagine yourself back to a late autumn day at the end of 1800s. Between the back gardens of Nicholas Mead in Great Linford and the Grand Union Canal, a gang of local residents would have been at work since dawn, digging the blue Oxford clay from two pits to feed two massive furnaces.

The men worked 12-hour days with little rest for a princely 22 shillings (£1.10) at the end of each week. They dug mostly in the winter months when the ground was softer, producing the raw material for bricks which would be fired in the kilns during spring and summer.

With 12 wet bricks weighing about 50 kilos, it was tough work. From the kilns the finished bricks then travelled by horse-drawn barge up the canal to be used building homes in New Bradwell, Wolverton, Cosgrove and Castlethorpe.

These days the only work involved is packing a flask to enjoy in this historic corner of the city. Picnic benches have been provided close to where the clay pits have been transformed into ponds, rich in bird and insect life. And if you visit in September be sure to take a bowl for the abundant blackberries and elderberries.

Question 1: In what year was the first recorded brick maker in Great Linford? =18AB

Question 2: In what year did brickmaking cease? =19CD

Question 3: How hot were the kilns after the first three days? =6EF

Question 4: When was the board produced? =1GH5

N52 04.EF(C-D)
W000 44.(G-B)A(H-B)


Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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