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Northampton Central Library

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Hidden : 4/8/2011
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A short urban Multi that will lead you into the Northampton Central Library.


The library was started in 1876 in the town hall with books donated by the Mechanic Institute.

In 1883, it moved into Guildhall Road into the present museum building where the museum and the library were run together.

By 1904 the museum needed more space so a site was purchased in Abington Street.

The site in Abington Street had previously been used as the depot for the horses that pulled the horse drawn trams in the town. In 1904 they went over to electric.

The town council wrote to Andrew Carnegie, a multi-millionaire philanthropist who funded over 2,000 libraries in the English-speaking world. In fact he contributed towards three other libraries in the county, Kettering (1904), Rushden (1906) and Irchester (1909).

Andrew Carnegie gave £15,000 to the town to build the library which was built by Herbert Norman of Northampton out of Weldon Stone and opened its doors for the first time in 1910.

The building has a 300-seater Carnegie Lecture Hall which was used for concerts and lectures - never for political or for religious purposes as part of the trust deed. It is now used at the Northamptonshire Studies Room.

On the outside of the building are four statues: John Dryden and Thomas Fuller (both poets born in the county), George Washington (first President of the United States who ancestors came from Sulgrave in Northamptonshire) and also of course Andrew Carnegie.

It was also one of the first libraries to have a children’s library in the world (opened in 1912).

The coordinates given will take you to the front of the library. You need to examine the facade of the building and answer the following questions, which, using the formula given will lead you to a micro.

A= The number of drainpipes.
B= The number of castle turrets multiplied by the value of the first letter of the motto.
C= The value of the first letter in the name of the right hand figure.
D= The number of air brick slots divided by the number of air bricks.
E= The value of the penultimate letter of the motto.
F=The value of the penultimate letter of the left hand figures name.

N52 14.ABC
W000 53.DEF

The micro contains the info required to find the final cache.Please beware of muggles when retrieving the micro!!


Opening hours
Monday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm

Closures for public holidays
The Library will be closed for the following public holidays:

27th August 2012
25th December and 26th December 2012
1st January 2013

Thank you very much to the staff of the library, who not only gave permission, but also collaborated in the hiding of this cache.
The library accepts no liability for this cache and its contents.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[micro] vgf gurer va oynpx naq juvgr.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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