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ryo62: the sign has still not returned after many months so letting this one go. if the sign ever returns I will set a new cache here


VS #60 - Whaddon

A cache by ryo62 Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 12/21/2013
2 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Village signs is a 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!).

A 35mm pot

The parish of Whaddon covers an area of 1,538 acres (622 ha). Its entire western boundary follows the Roman Ermine Street (now the A1198), separating it from Bassingbourn and Wendy, and its northern border follows the River Cam (or Rhee), dividing it from Wimpole and Orwell. A stream separates it from Kneesworth to the south, and field boundaries from Melbourn to the east.

Much of Whaddon was formerly part of the estate of Wimpole Hall, and the hall's South Avenue, originally two double rows of elms planted in 1720 (now oak and lime), stretches 2 kilometres across the parish to Ermine Street. The Basin, an octagonal pool of around 150 metres in diameter, was added in 1721 just south of the river but was cleared a few decades later and filled with soil in 1968.

In 1812, an Act authorised the creation of a canal running from Whaddon to Sawston as part of the Stort Navigation, but the canal was never dug.

Listed as Wadone in the Domesday Book of 1086, the name "Waddon" means "hill where wheat is grown".

Check out the year on the plaque on the sign, Mr Jim Law died ABCD

The cache is at N 52° 05.(B-A)(B-D)(D+1) W 000° 01.B(B-2)D

The cache is only a short walk away from the village sign. Please do not go climbing all over the sign!

If anybody would like to expand 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)

onfr bs gryrtencu cbyr

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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