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VS#5 Northchurch

A cache by Smokeypugs Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 03/29/2013
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1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Village signs is a new series of caches based on the ornate signs that depict the heritage, history and culture of the villages that put them up (normally 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 stated in Norfolk or Suffolk and has now spread across most of the country so we thought we would base a series on them!

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 to this series please do. I would just ask that you let SmokeyPugs know first so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

N irel pyrne fvta, ab erfcbafvovyvgl!

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)