Tamworth Village Church Series - 7 - Austrey
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This could be classed as a series for lazy cachers! If you don't want a long walk or bike ride, this series could be right up your street.
You could easily do all of the series in one day, if you are driving. The route we took was about a 30 mile drive. You could, of course, do the caches separately, whilst doing other caches in the area.
If you do the caches separately then make sure you keep a note of the answers to the clues - you will need these for the bonus cache.
We have wondered for a while why it is, that whenever we go on holiday, we always have a nosy in the local church, yet the only time we'd dream of visiting one closer to home would be for a christening, wedding or funeral.
There are some beautiful churches in some lovely settings in the villages around Tamworth and this series will take you to a number of them. Unfortunately, the majority were found to be locked when we visited, which is a shame, but the villages and the churchyards are still worth a visit.
Also, you do tend to find that every nice church comes with an equally attractive pub, many of which we tried out for lunch whilst setting up this series of caches.
The co-ordinates given are for the caches, none of which are actually hidden in the churchyards. Some are on the boundary of the churchyard, some close by, some a short walk and one, a short drive. There is also a clue to collect within the churchyard close to each cache.
The caches are a variety of sizes and we have tried to be creative where we can. Some of them are replications of other good caches that we've seen. If we've copied any that you have set yourselves then please take this is a compliment. Some are big enough to hold swaps and some only hold a log sheet.
Whilst there are no co-ordinates given for the clues, they are all easy to find and won't involve you needing to yomp through gravestones or to enter the church.
If you collect the full 10 clues you will be able to find the bonus cache, which is hidden in a place where we visited not long after we'd met and where we took the first photo of us together - ahhhh!
We hope you enjoy the series.
Austrey is a village in North Warwickshire and is at the northern extremity of the county, near Newton Regis and No Man's Heath.
Austrey had a parish church by 1155. The oldest part of the present Church of England parish church of Saint Nicholas is the Early English Gothic tower, which was built in the middle of the 13th century. The remainder of the church was rebuilt early in the 14th century in the Decorated Gothic style. The nave has a clerestory and is flanked by north and south aisles, each of four bays. The Gothic Revival architect Ewan Christian restored the chancel with new windows in 1844-45.
The church of St Nicholas has been the focus of worship, and of village life for at least 750 years and perhaps more. The village of Austrey has the good fortune to have, at its centre, a building, which is not only very old but is exceptional within the county as being all of a piece since the 14th century.
The spire was restored in 1995 and restoration of the tower finished in June 2002. Both projects have been successful due to a large grant from English Heritage and the generosity of local people.
This cache is a small clip lock box, in a camo bag on the footpath to the rear of the church. It is big enough to hold swaps, a log book and pencil, a FTF badge and small prize for the first finder. Please give a good home.
CLUE FOR BONUS CACHE
Ignoring any letters, add the middle two numbers found on the Ordnance Survey marker together = G
Congratulations to PlasmaWave for First To Find