Church Micro 3510...Cholesbury
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An easy multi cache in the church micro series , the cache is a short walk away .
Cholesbury is one of the Hilltop Villages spread out along one of the ridges that radiates from Chesham. Its name refers to the Iron Age hillfort understood to have been constructed between 300 and 100 BC but not occupied for long.
In the 13th century Cholesbury became a separate manor, developing into a village community indicated by the construction, within the hillfort, of an early 12th century church dedicated to St Laurence.This is one of two churches, both incidentally called St Lawrence, to be found within hillforts in the Chilterns. The other is at West Wycombe.
By the reign of Henry III around 1248 the population was large enough to warrant Cholesbury being split off as a separate manor, still controlled by the le Bretons. The church was enlarged with the adding of a porch and its importance recognised with the appointment of a resident parson by the name of Abel. Cholesbury can claim one modest contribution to the reform of social policy in England. From the time of Elizabeth I a levy was imposed on property owners to fund poor relief in their parish. The amount collected increased significantly during the 18th and early 19th centuries. The increasingly desperate living available off the land in this part of the Chilterns from 1812 onwards meant the parish vestry was unable to raise sufficient funds to support the poor and in 1832 declared itself bankrupt. An account of the plight of the parish was recorded in the report to Parliament by the Poor Law Commission provided by the Rev. Henry Jeston. He had arrived as vicar in 1830, chaired vestry meetings and eventually raised sufficient loans to rescue the parish from its plight. He was mentioned in the subsequent debate which led to reform of the Poor Laws for which Herbert Spencer provided an account in his most famous book The Man Versus the State. The village recognised Jeston's achievements through raising a subscription for a stained-glassed window in his honour.
The church is at N51 45.315 W 00 39.352. There is very limited parking nearby and more parking can be found next to the cricket club on the Common.
The final cache which is a short walk away, is at N 51 AB.(C-3)D(E-9) W 00 FG.HJ(K-1).
At certain times this spot will be busy and care will have to be taken .
All information is clearly legible. The clues can be found if you walk around the church clockwise
Where : Restored Oct 2007 in loving memory of Michael Frances Byrne 1G6F – 2006
James Gomm Born Mar 17 1776 died Sept 6th 18BB
Behind the large shrubs, A pioneer doctor in world family planning was born 17 Sept 1887 and died 2D March 1982
A pioneer in child psychology 04 Feb 1890 - 03 Feb 19J3
Julia Sarah daughter of Jonathan & Jane Pallett died 10th Dec 186A aged E years and C months
Incorporated society for Building & Churches granted £KH in 187K.
Note:Cache went missing before it was even found and therefore have found a new location not far from the old one and reworked the numbers .
“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 & Information page found via the Bookmark list”
(No hints available.)