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Church Micro 2507...Westbury

A cache by billiethecat Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 03/01/2012
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

A short off set multi set around the beautiful All Saints church in Westbury, that should only take 10 minutes or so.

A church at Westbury is mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) and is most likely to have been a Saxon wooden church on the same site as the present one. The first stone church was built by the Normans, probably by 1220, and this seems to have been replaced by the 14th century church using the Norman cruciform plan. The Church is in a very pleasant situation, being in a close in the centre of the town surrounded by 18th century cottages. The church itself underwent an extensive restoration in 1847 owing to the energies of the Rev. Stafford Brown. The nave roof was renewed, a new west window created, the east wall of the chancel buttressed and the gallery removed. At the same time an extra 285 free sittings were made.

In 1968 it was found that an old culvert had broken and water had saturated the clay surrounding the church foundations. Cracks in the masonry were appearing and the tower was leaning. 150 concrete piles were driven into the ground to a depth of 35 to 40 feet and connected with cross beams to stabilise the structure. There were six bells in the tower until 1921 when they were recast, with the original inscriptions being reproduced. Two new small bells were added and the peal is now the third heaviest peal of eight in the world, with the tenor bell weighing 35 cwt. The church clock dates to the beginning of the 17th century and is unusual in having no face although it strikes the hours and quarters. It was made by a local blacksmith and has to be wound every day.

At the first stage, N51 15.733 W002 10.908, you will find the name of a house. How many letters in the first word =A
At the second stage, N51 15.713 W002 10.979, you will find a box high up. You will find a column of three white numbers. The number at the bottom of the column =B
At the third stage, N51 15.705 W002 10.933, you will find a bench dedicated by the SANDS organisation on a date in July 2005. Find the date and add the two numbers together. This will =C

The cache can be found at N51 15.ABC W002 10.(A+1)(A+B-2)(C-1)

If anybody would like to expand to 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. There is also a Church Micro Stats page found via the Bookmark list.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Jnvfg uvtu

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)



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