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GP008 - The Cathedral Close

A cache by Gudge & Pidge Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 12/16/2012
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

This is a brief tour around the Cathedral Close. As Bill Bryson said, "There is no doubt in my mind that Salisbury Cathedral is the single most beautiful structure in England and the Close around it the most beautiful space". We certainly agree and hope you do too.

The cache only has room for the logsheet so bring your own pen. This is version 2 after version 1 was repeatedly muggled.

The co-ordinates take you to Malmesbury Gate where your quest begins.

1. From the starting co-ordinates, look up at the plaque. What year did Edward III grant the building of the Cathedral and the Close? Year = 1A31.

2. N 51 3.958 W 001 47.636
What year were the three protestant martyrs burnt at the stake? First plus last digit of the year = B

3. N 51 3.956 W 001 47.675
William Golding taught at Bishop Wordsworth School from 1945 – 19J2

4. N 51 3.887 W 001 47.756
You are at the steps that the choristers from the Cathedral School use to get to the Cathedral. On the Cathedral side of the wall, how many steps up are there including the top step? Number of steps multiplied by two = G

5. N 51 4.003 W 001 47.907
You are at Mompesson House. How many feathers are there above the shield directly above the main door. Number of feathers = C.

6. N 51 3.957 W 001 47.955
You are at Arundells, former home of Edward Heath who was first elected Prime Minister in 19F0.

7. N 51 3.873 W 001 47.980
The College of Sarum St Michael was founded in 184H. If you are here after hours and do not want to jump over the chain then H is also the last digit of the phone number for Salisbury Museum on the noticeboard.

8. N 51 3.729 W 001 47.934
There is a round opening in the wall of the South Canonry with metal bars. How many segments do the bars divide the opening into? Number of segments minus 3 = D

9. N 51 3.744 W 001 47.864
The number of the house immediately to the left of the Gatehouse is 7E.

The final location of the cache is at: N 51 A.B(C-2)D W 001 EF.(G+1)(H+1)J

You can check your answers for this puzzle on

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Lrj jvyy svaq vg nobir lbhe urnq. Vs lbh ybbx uneq rabhtu.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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