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VS#5 Northchurch Mystery Cache

Hidden : 03/29/2013
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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About Village Sign Caches

This cache belongs to the Village Sign Series, a series of caches based on ornate signs that depict the heritage, history and culture of the villages that put them up (generally on the village green!).

The signs can be made of different materials from fibreglass to wood, from forged steel to stone. They can depict anything from local industry to historical events. The tradition probably started in Norfolk or Suffolk and has now spread across most of the country so we thought we would base a series on them!

More information and statistics can be found at the Village Signs Website


Northchurch is a village and civil parish the Bulborne valley in Hertfordshire lying between Berkhamsted and Tring.

Situated on the Roman road Akeman Street, a major Roman villa dating from about AD 60 was discovered in the village in the 1970s. The settlement predates the neighbouring larger town of Berkhamsted.

The sign, as the picture above shows, depicts The Church of St Mary and Grand Union Canal. St Mary's is one of the oldest parish churches in Hertfordshire. It has been a centre for worship, prayer and service since before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.

On the reverse of the sign depicts Peter the Wild boy (who is buried at the Church) who was brought to Great Britain on the order of George I. A completely wild boy found in a forest close to the town of Hamlin (hence the name!).


Also the sign depicts 2 sports that the Village has been associated with and have been successful at. These 2 sports have a local club each that were founded a few years ago. To find the cache one simply has to identify the sports, find out when the club on the right was founded then put the date though the following matrix:

2142-Right Sport year=ABC

2449-Right sport year=DEF


N51 46.ABC W000 35.DEF

Your looking for a key safe type cache. Happy Caching!

*****Puzzle was updated on 2nd March 2017 the final is still the same*****


If anybody would like to expand the Village Sign Series, please do. I would ask that you request a number for your cache first at www.villagesignseries.co.uk so we can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

N irel pyrne fvta, ab erfcbafvovyvgl!

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)