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LHoS 1 - Smallfield Hospital Traditional Geocache

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Hidden : 10/08/2011
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Lost Hospitals of Surrey (LHoS) or Sussex!
This is one of a series of caches located on the sites of former Hospitals.


Smallfield Hospital was built during the 1939-45 war by Haymeals of Wembley beside Broadbridge Lane and to the north of the cache location. It was to take the expected overflow of casualties from the London Blitz and in November 1941 an RAMC unit prepared it as a 200 bed unit, but were then required to extend it to a 400 bed hospital, which was taken over by the Canadian Army in the summer of 1942 to provide hospital services for Canadian soldiers stationed in Southern England. Civilian outpatients used the hospital in an emergency.


There were sentries on either side of the gate but the only evidence of the entrance is the lowerer curb on the Smallfield Road just before the bridge over the M23. Dances were held and double-decker buses brought in girls from Horley and elsewhere to join in the fun.

In 1962 it was used in filming a scene of The Password is Courage which starred Dirk Bogarde, and several local residents who were hospital staff appeared in the film


The hospital closed in June 1983 and the site developed in 1992, leaving only one row of the Lombardy Poplars which mark the original entrance. The whole site is now fully developed as housing with the road names reflecting the Canadian connection.

The cache is a micro container and only has a log so bring a pen or pencil


If you would like to expand this series please do. The only criterion is that the Hospital should no longer exist, although the buildings can. I would just ask that you could let me know first so I can keep track of the Hospital numbers and names to avoid duplication.


Additional Hints (Decrypt)

uhzcf 8sg hc, zntargvp

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)