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hofficoffi: I placed this cache near my mother's house and as they are moving out of the area I will simultaneously lose my local maintenance and my reason to visit here on a regular basis. Unfortunately my two caches in this part of the world will need to be archived.

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Church Micro 822…Wisbech St Mary

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Hidden : 04/04/2013
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Wisbech St Mary church

Wisbech St Mary

The beautiful Parish Church is an early example of the Perpendicular period of architecture. The Nave, with its north and south aisles measures some eighty feet in length and fifty feet in width. The fifteenth century Porch protects the main entrance door, which is in the south aisle. The finely proportioned Chancel measures forty feet by twenty feet. At the west end of the church is the Tower, which has watched over the village for nearly 700 years.


It is sixty-four feet high and accommodates a Belfry and an interesting Clock dating from 1830. The 14th century Nave arcades consist of five bays; the arches are wide and double-chamfered, the bases of the pillars are of Norman work. The wooden beams in the Nave roof are decoratively painted in red and green. The nave clerestory was a 15th century addition, as was the pretty 3-light window situated high above the Chancel arch. This window was originally external, but now opens into the Chancel owing to the roof of the Chancel being raised in 1872. The Chancel was rebuilt a hundred years ago. It is brightly lit by six 3-light windows of clear glass with small panels of German, Swiss and Dutch stained glass. There are also two important examples of English work dated 1535. The Chancel contains, on the south wall, a small Priest's Door dating from the 14th century. The Vestry was originally sited to the north of the Chancel. It was demolished in 1901 and removed to the base of the Tower at the west end of the church. The Sanctuary contains a very finely proportioned Altar with a gilded carving of the Lamb of God together with some heraldic designs. There is an Aumbry in the souith wall of the Chancel with 14th century carved doors. Just inside the Entrance Door is the Baptistry. The Font is 14th century with an octagonal bowl and shaft. Seven sides of the bowl are flatly carved with ogee arches;the eighth side has one quatrefoil in a circle. Near the Font is a modern Brass of Canon Mowbray Smith who was the Vicar of Wisbech St Mary for nearly forty years. Canon Smith's avowed intention was to turn a newly-restored plain building into the "most beautiful and dignified house in the village". He achieved his aim, and the church is indeed now one of the most beautiful churches in the Diocese of Ely. The Churchyard altar tombs date from 18th century, and the gravestones from 17th century (the earliest of which is 1626).

The Cache

A quick drive-by hidden close to some parking. A small, round clip top container large enough for small swaps and trackables.

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